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May 25, 2009
Please send an email and support hospitals for violent mental patients who suffer cruelly in jails, and support Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs (like Kendra's Law) for non-violent mentally ill offenders. 
criminal_justice@webb.senate.gov

It costs no more to treat violent mentally ill persons in hospitals than to "treat" them in prison, and a prison environment (especially solitary confinement, which is the usual case for acute patients) does nothing to promote their healing.  It costs significantly less than either jail or hospitalization to treat mentally ill offenders who are non-violent in their communities.  Assisted outpatient treatment programs have a better than 85% success rate in reducing homelessness, arrests, hospitalizations and re-arrests of mentally ill offenders, and can restore many sick people to wholesome living.  Please read this brief description:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1056090
 
All that is needed in many cases of acute mental illness is the same thing that is required for high blood pressure or diabetes - constant monitoring and treatment.  That has been lacking ever since laws were put in place that prevent non-consentual treatment.  Many mentally ill people do not recognize they are sick, and their families are prevented from ordering them into treatment due to ridiculous laws that require waiting until there are smoking guns and dripping knives or a Tasered body lying at the feet of police officers to prove that a sick person needed help.

Senator Webb from Virginia introduced a bill on March 26, 2009 – "The National Criminal Justice Act of 2009" in attempt to revamp the prison system on a number of fronts. 
 
For those of you directly affected by incarceration it will behoove you to take the time to educate yourselves about this Act, subsequently offering your then educated opinions and suggestions to Senator Webb. His email address is: criminal_justice@webb.senate.gov
 
The Institute has written to Senator Webb about his efforts, and we encourage you also to do the same after reading his legislation, letting him know you've been made aware of his efforts by the Institute (if in fact it is a true statement) if you were not aware of it prior to this email. We strongly encourage you to "tease out" issues within the legislation that aren't addressed or are inferred. Highlight them. State them. Voice your concerns. Present your questions. You know first-hand the pitfalls, the contradictions, and hypocrisy of prison sentencing, delivery of healthcare etc. No better people are equipped to zero-in on the politics of prison then the very people it effects....YOU.  You know first hand through experience.  He does not. Let him hear from you.
 
Below are links that will provide you with information about this Act. In addition, the legislation itself is attached to this email for your reference and review.
 
 
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Mar 28, 2009 ... For a Senator like Webb to spend his time trumpeting the evils of .... most politicians in most circumstances to do what Jim Webb is doing ...
 
I encourage you also to cross-reference his Bill with the June 2006 "Report of The Commission on Safety and abuse in America’s Prisons". The complete report can be accessed and ordered free of charge at: http://www.prisoncmmission.org
 
Mary Neal
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://Care2.com/c2c/groups/AIMI

JAIL IS THE LAST THING

 

 MENTAL PATIENTS NEED ... AND TOO OFTEN,

 JAIL IS THE L-A-S-T THING THEY EXPERIENCE.

 Please join us in our quest to decriminalize

 mental illness in America. NO ONE should be

 punished for having a disability.

ARADE Magazine | Why We Must Fix Our PrisonsWhy We Must Fix Our Prisons. By Senator Jim Webb. published: 03/29/2009. Prison inmates. Inmates at a facility in California, a state that spent almost $10 http://www.parade.com/news/2009/03/why-we-must-fix-our-prisons.html

 

 
 
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