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Nov 12, 2009

Below is an email from a woman who needs your help.  Please endorse and share her petition.  These are the facts of the matter as Cynthia relayed them to me:

Cynthia Davis reported a woman for child neglect last year.  The woman retaliated by falsely accusing Cynthia Davis of a crime.  The white police officer who went to Cynthia Davis' home to question or arrest her on the woman's allegations attacked and beat Cynthia, who is an African America.  He caused her to fall, and Cynthia incurred a head injury.  Since that abuse, Cynthia suffers from seizures and PTSD.  She was unable to work, lost her home, and had many other problems - all since her police brutality occurred.  She was so stressed as the day of trial approached that Cynthia had a stroke recently, and now she has impaired speech.  Cynthia is an educated woman and was making an excellent income prior to her brutality which caused her head injury and led to her financial, mental, and physical crisis.

CYNTHIA DAVIS IS IN COURT TODAY.

The police officer who beat Cynthia and caused her disabilities was in the news for beating another citizen.  Cynthia said the Newark D.A. offered her a deal:  If she agreed not to pursue damages for police brutality, and she would not have to stand charges on the negligent mom's false allegations.  This was clearly blackmail, and Cynthia would not accept the deal. 

Unfortunately, court is not going well for Cynthia.  She said that the day a hearing was held, the judge walked in court and asked something to this effect: "Is there someone in here who needs a mental health break," and the D.A. and police officers all laughed with the judge.  Next, the court refuses to allow Cynthia's evidence that her prosecution is the result of blackmail.  They disallow her admitting police phone records from 9/8/08 and police videotape from 9/1/08, 9/2/08, and 9/8/08.  She asks your support on her petition for justice and for your prayers.  Petition for Cynthia Davis to have a fair trial: 
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/please-promote-and-support-advocacy-for-cynthia-johnson


Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

My Care2 friends and family,
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I know that I've sent this message to you quite a few times but it's getting down to crunch time and the local government still has not released the police phone records and/or videotape that would prove without a doubt that I have actually been abused and harrassed by one of our finest blues.
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This cover-up has caused so much harm to my life and I am still to this day trying to recover and rebuild and they are still trying to blackmail me into doing things their way in order not to prosecute me and not release their records.  Yesterday was a nightmare trying to prepare for tomorrow's court date.  Local government officials are shameless and disgusting with their "CODE OF SILENCE" rules and they back each other whether they know each other or not.
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I thank you all for signing and forwarding this petition but I still need your help.  If there are any that have not signed, please do so and then forward to friends, family, colleagues, and any organizations that might post this petition to their websites.  If any of you have already signed, please forward to friends, family, colleagues, and any organizations that might post it to their websites.  I have a little over 24 hours to get some major interest into this situation or I just might get seriously harmed in court tomorrow.  I don't even feel safe walking into that courthouse full of Newark police officers.  I asked for an escort the last time I was there and was refused.
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Please help!  The countdown has begun to either my freedom or my incarceration for a crime that I did not commit.  I stood up for myself and this is what I am being prosecuted for.  Nothing more!  All I have left is the TRUTH!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/please-promote-and-support-advocacy-for-cynthia-johnson
CA

Nov 10, 2009

PLEASE NOTE AT CARE2 NEWS NETWORK http://www.care2.com/news/member/513396753/1300380

NOTICE:
  Prisoner activists and mental health advocates are discussing a class action lawsuit by people incarcerated for mental illness or their relatives and next friends on their behalf.  Mental illness is the only disability treated legally, not medically.  If a diabetic man blacks out at the wheel and injures or kills commuters, he goes to the hospital. If a psychiatric patient kills or injures, he goes to prison.  If a woman has a heart attack in the china store, falls and breaks plates, she goes to the hospital.  If a bipolar sufferer has a crisis and breaks plates, she goes to prison. The suit will be for PSYCHIATRIC PARITY UNDER THE LAW.  People who opt in will need to pay a nominal fee to help raise the legal retainer. 

We will demand that mentally ill people who are imprisoned for violent offenses go to hospitals for their entire sentences and that nonviolent offenders are released under Kendra's law (mandatory treatment and subsistence assistance in their communities)

Making this change - decriminalizing mental illness - will save billions every year off America's prison budget by putting mental illness back into the health care system where it was before Reganomics.  Taxpayers have not saved a dime by imprisoning our neighbors with mental illness, but many people have suffered inhumane prison sentences for having a common, treatable health condition.  Treating mental illness is cheaper, more humane, and it promotes community safety.  No longer will the mentally ill be left untreated until they PROVE (by smoking guns and dripping knives) to be a danger to self and others. 

Half of U.S. inmates are mentally ill.  In fact, there are 1.25 million incarcerated mental patients, so this will be a large class.  Give me your thoughts.  We're in the planning stage and talking with other prisoner activists.  Invite friends who have mentally ill relatives who are or were imprisoned to eMail me at MaryLovesJustice@gmail.com  or call 770 559 4690.

Time to Do the Right Thing 

Time to Do the Right Thing

Time for Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill



Mary Neal
http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com

 

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI
  


JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. No one deserves to be punished for having a disability.

Jun 17, 2009

ANOTHER SAD TALE OF HOMELESSNESS, PRISON, AND DEATH FOR AN ACUTE MENTAL PATIENT - Schizophrenic Georgia woman Na Yong Yak burned her mother to death 12 days after Na Yong was released from a mental hospital against her family's protests that she needed more treatment.

Why must there be a smoking gun or dripping knife for mentally ill persons to be treated (in prison)?

Photo depicts a person under stress (not Na Yong).  Mental illness is a problem faced by 1 in 5 Americans.

Confusion; Depression; Stress

SUBSISTENCE ASSISTANCE AND ENFORCED TREATMENT UNDER ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGAMS CAN PREVENT NEEDLESS SUFFERING AND IMPRISONMENT

IS THAT WHY THERE ARE LAWS AGAINST ENFORCED TREATMENT?  See the photos of Na Yong with her family at the link below.

FOX 5 Special:  A Family Failed
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/FOX_5_Special_A_Family_Failed_051309

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) - On February 10, 2008, police said a Norcross woman threw gasoline on her mother and lit her on fire. Na Yong Pak's family said they saw the violence coming and tried for months to get help to for the mentally ill woman.

In family photos Pak, is a smiling little girl, untouched by the mental illness that would come later.
Pak's brother Chris said his 32-year-old sister's life started to unravel.

Chris Pak said his sister moved home and it was clear she was troubled.

"I could hear her talking to herself in her room, you know, yelling," said Pak. "When I saw that, I was very frightened."

Chris Pak was even more frightened by his sister's belief that their mother Myong Hui was trying to poison her.

"My sister lived in fear. She lived in fear every day, she feared that even though it was her mother, her own mother was killing her every day," Pak said.

Pak said his sister started lashing out at their mother.

Last summer Pak said his sister attacked their mother so the family went to court to have Nay Yong Pak involuntarily hospitalized. The woman was only hospitalized for two weeks and by September, Chris Pak said Nay Yong Pak was attacking their mom again.

"She had a gash in her head, in the back of her head, about a couple of inches long, and she went to the hospital and told them that she fell by herself. And I told my mom, 'Don't say that!'" recalled Chris Pak.

Pak said his mother didn't want her daughter in jail, but she wanted her to get help.

"You have to protect yourself. And although I understand the reluctance to involve law enforcement, they really need to," said Eric Spencer.

Spencer runs the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Georgia . The organization offers support groups and classes for families struggling with mental illness.

Spencer said NAMI encourages families to set clear boundaries that cannot be crossed.

[ANSWER?  HOMELESSNESS]

"That's a hard thing for a family member to do, is to tell a loved one, a daughter or a son to get out of the house, but in many cases, that has been the one thing that made all the difference in the world," said Spencer [of Georgia NAMI].

Myong Hui was reluctant to confront her daughter and by late November, Chris Pak said his sister had attacked their mother again.

Once more the Paks went back to court to have Na Yong Pak involuntarily hospitalized.

Na Yong Pak was taken to Georgia Regional Hospital at Atlanta, a state mental health facility where Chris Pak said his family asked a judge and psychiatrist to keep her she was stable.

"We told them she's [going to] kill somebody, kill herself or kill my mother," said Pak.

Seven weeks later, Pak said the family was told to pick up his sister because she was being sent home.

The discharge papers described Na Yong Pak as "calm and passive" but Chris Pak said when a nurse tried to hand his sister her prescriptions she cursed at her.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, which runs Georgia Regional Hospital, said the agency couldn't discuss Na Yong Pak's treatment or discharge because of privacy restrictions.

Chris Pak said the day after his sister returned home, problems started once more.

[ANSWER?  DEATH]

Twelve days after Na Yong Pak's release from the hospital, she launched her worst attack on her mother.

Pak said his sister threw a cup of gasoline on his mother and then lit her on fire. When the paramedics arrived Myong Hui was outside waiting.

"She had this, holding on her, putting herself out like this," said Chris Pak of the water hose his mother used to put out the flames.

Pak's 58-year-old mother was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital's burn unit.

"When I got there, they told me my mother, she was going to die. I saw her, was like burned all the way," said Chris Pak.
Myong Hui defended her daughter to the very end of her life.

"She told me, 'take care of your sister because she's sick,'" recalled Chris Pak.

[ANSWER?  PRISON]

Na Yong Pak was taken to the Gwinnett County jail and has been charged with murder.

"I feel sad for my sister because of the fact she's in there and she's sick," Pak said.

Pak and his father, Gold Pak, moved away from their Norcross neighborhood because they said the memories were too painful.

Pak said he visited his sister several times.

"She was frightened and confused. She didn't know why she was in jail. She was crying her eyes out," said Pak.

Each night Pak said he and his father light a candle for his mother. Pak said he and father believe that they lost two family members that day in a tragedy they feel could have been prevented.

"How many more people are going to die before they do anything?" asked Pak.

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QUESTION:  HOW MUCH MONEY DID GEORGIA TAXPAYERS SAVE BY REFUSING TO KEEP PAK LONGER INSTEAD OF DISCHARGING HER EARLY?
 
Remember, the discharge papers falsely claimed Ms. Pak was "stable," although she cussed at the discharge nurse before leaving the facility.  The hospital personnel no more believed Na Yong to be stable than her family did.  Her discharge probably was ordered for financial reasons and/or lack of space, which is still a financial reason. 

So how much money was saved at the expense of Myong Hui's life?  The answer is  ZERO.  Money that should have gone to Na Yong's mental health care is now doubled or tripled because of court costs and prison fees.  Georgia saved nothing by ignoring this family’s protests and dismissing Na Yong from the hospital earlier than needed, which resulted in her mom’s death and a felony murder arrest for Na Yong.
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/18683942/detail.html


STATE BUDGETS TAKE A BIG HIT WITH EVERY MENTALLY ILL PERSON WHO GOES TO PRISON INSTEAD OF GETTING TIMELY TREATMENT.  PRISONS COST UP TO $50,000 PER YEAR PER PRISONER AND MUCH MORE FOR INMATES WHO NEED CONTINUOUS MENTAL OR PHYSICAL HEALTH CARE.

The family is devastated, another sick person was charged and probably sentenced to a lengthy, expensive prison term, and the only people who might benefit are prison owners.  Private prison profiteers benefit even when people go to public prisons because until public correctional facilities are full, they get no inmates.  This is probably why mental hospitals are closed, community care limited, and mandatory treatment largely outlawed.

Chronic mental patients exiting institutions should be placed in an Assisted Outpatient Treatment program like Kendra’s Law that combines subsistence assistance with mandatory outpatient treatment.  Assisted Outpatient Treatment Programs reduce homelessness, recidivism, and future hospitalizations by 85% or better.  Furthermore, fewer arrests occur because there are fewer crimes by mental patients.  This mean safer communities and less expense to taxpayers. 

HOMELESSNESS, PRISON, AND DEATH MUST CEASE BEING AMERICA'S ANSWER TO ACUTE MENTAL ILLNESS. 

It is much less expensive and more humane to treat mentally ill Americans than it is to allow the public to be at risk, the patients to be at risk, and taxpayers to pay exorbitant court fees, lawyer fees for indigent clients, and prison fees that include mental health care - usually much more expensive than hospitalization, and always more costly than assistant outpatient treatment.  My guess is that Na Yong stopped taking her meds soon after leaving the hospital, if not immediately.  By the 12th day, she was ready to kill, and she did.

If she gets life in prison at age 32, Yak's incarceration will cost taxpayers over $3 million dollars.  Who benefited by Na Yong's early release from Georgia regional?  Not many taxpayers have prison stock. 

Enforced treatment works to prevent needless suffering and imprisonment.

Is that why there are laws against it?

Elected officials, prison profiteering is hell on your constituents.  Please help.

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/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.

JAIL
   

HOMELESSNESS, PRISON, AND DEATH - IN 21ST CENTURY AMERICA, WHY ARE ACUTE MENTAL PATIENTS STILL LIVING IN DUNGEONS LIKE IN THE DARK AGES, SUFFERING UP TO 23 HOURS A DAY IN 9 FT. BY 6 FT. SOLITARY CONFINEMENT CELLS?  60% OF THE 25,000 INMATES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT ARE MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE IN HOSPITALS IF THEY ARE VIOLENT LIKE NA YONG.  IF THEY WERE ARRESTED FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENSES LIKE MY BROTHER, LARRY NEAL, OFTEN WAS, THEY SHOULD BE IN ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMS TO SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF STATE BUDGETS AND INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY.
Jun 6, 2009

PLEASE NOTE THE IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE "JUSTICE FOR JEREMY" PETITION AT THE LINK BELOW:  http://www/thepetitionsite.com/111/justice-for-jeremy2

JUNE 2009 UPDATE -   Jeremy faces additional charges for making terrorist threats to a guard!  This is what happens to mentally ill people who are criminalized.  They keep getting additional time added to keep them longer and continue billing taxpayers.  Again, the prosecutor offered this sick young man the opportunity to sign a PLEA DEAL on the new charge although his mother holds his power of attorney and his signature should not be counted on legal papers!  PLEASE HELP JEREMY!  DON'T WATCH HIM DIE IN PRISON FOR BEING SICK. 

Jeremy Smith, Mentally Ill California Prisoner 

GINA CRIES HERSELF TO SLEEP most nights and spends her off days trying to get our justice system to do justice for her son, Jeremy.  Jeremy Smith suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has an IQ between 50 and 70.  Gina has her son's power of attorney, but when Jeremy was charged with a crime, the prosecutor talked Jeremy into signing a plea deal sentencing him to eight years in prison.  His crime?  He hit another patient at a mental hospital, but caused no lasting injury. 

Get an inside view of life in solitary confinement, called "the hole." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEs3BQ0znAs

The sad truth is that sick U.S. citizens like Jeremy are used to boost profits for private prisons.  Each inmate in the general prison population costs taxpayers up to $50,000 per year to warehouse, although 2/3 of them are non-violent offenders.  Prison labor programs frequently use inmates to manufacture goods prison owners sell, and private prison stocks are traded on Wall Street.  Mentally ill and dying inmates are even more lucrative for private prison owners. Taxpayers pay up to $100,000 per year, per patient to warehouse acute mental patients, usually under cruel living conditions, often without adequate medical or psychiatric care.  Approximately 1.25 million inmates suffer mental illness, mostly as a result of closing mental hospitals and reducing services in communities.

Jeremy has been in prison before for hitting someone.  In fact, Jeremy spent FOUR YEARS in "the hole," a space no larger than a closet where he lived naked in solitary confinement 23 hours per day.  When released from the hole, Jeremy had lost about 60 pounds, was too weak to stand on his own, and could not speak a complete sentence.  Jeremy was so malnourished and traumatized after his torture that Gina thought he might die. 

After being stabilized in the mental hospital, Jeremy was transferred to a facility nearer to his mother.  As the new kid on the block, Jeremy was targeted by aggressive psychiatric patients. Jeremy again hit someone, and that is why Jeremy is again back in prison suffering in "the hole" where he has been for a year now.  Gina has not heard directly from Jeremy in six months, and the prison refuses to allow her to see her sick son.  A prison doctor reported to Gina in March 2009 that Jeremy is deteriorating, but psychiatric treatment is denied.  

JUNE 2009 UPDATE -   Jeremy faces additional charges for making terrorist threats to a guard! 
This is what happens to mentally ill people who are criminalized.  They keep getting additional time added to keep them longer and continue billing taxpayers.  Again, the prosecutor offers this sick young man the opportunity to sign a PLEA DEAL on the new charge.  Please help Jeremy.

Seven inmates reportedly died in this year in California prisons from tooth decay.  Infection from their rotten teeth entered their bloodstreams and killed them.  Gina knows that Jeremy is unlikely to receive proper psychiatric treatment while imprisoned.

1.  The undersigned petitioners demand that the plea bargain Jeremy Smith signed that was used to condemn him to eight years in prison must be revoked because of his borderline retardation and acute mental illness.  The power of attorney Gina has for her son must be fully honored.

2.  We demand that mentally ill people be treated as hospital inpatients, not prison inmates.  Sick people cannot be punished into a state of mental health. 

3.  We demand that since taxpayers are charged significantly more for the care of sick inmates, they must actually receive health care.  Torture is not a part of their sentencing.

Thank you.
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NOTE:  PETITIONERS, please record the number beside your signature and check back frequently to see how support grows for Jeremy. Decriminalizing mental illness is a human rights effort that could reduce profit margins for some.

You can contact Jeremy's mother by email at:  mentalunderstanding@yahoo.com  ~ If you can assist Gina and Jeremy in addition to supporting this petition by endorsing it and sending it to your friends and online groups, please let her know.  This family is counting on YOU.  

****Grab this link****  http://www/thepetitionsite.com/111/justice-for-jeremy2 
~ Consider adding it to your email signature block and automatically tell all your friends about Jeremy.   Bless you for caring!

ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL ("AIMI")
a/k/a The Dorothea Dix Group
http://Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI


JAIL IS THE LAST THING MENTAL PATIENTS NEED ...
AND TOO OFTEN, JAIL IS THE LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE.
Please join us in our quest to decriminalize mental illness in America.
No one should be punished for having a disability


 

 
 
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