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This is an E-mail conversation I shared with a Friend and hope people take the time to read it, let it soak in.... and send Arney a card.

If Arney gets a ton of mail it will show the prison staff that people do care and are watching. People in these places with there Health at Risk need our united Voice. Please help ....

Thank-you all.....


I'm not sure she is a care2 member 4 the Green Star. It's the thoughts and prayers that are the best gifts. And I do know Maryann's got a heart of gold she is struggling so hared to free her Brother, from the same prison Timmy was in. She lives out of State which makes it even harder.


Arney just got out of the hospital ( 3rd time in 9 mos. ). He spent 10 days at Foot Hospital for Heart failure again.
He has had a closed head injury from an early age and congestive heart failure he's doing a 2-4 time just like Timmy's.

Because of Arney's Mental state ( he spent servile days in isolation cells before going to the hospital. If you could send him a card it would b so good 4 him and Maryann.

His mailing info is at the group " Friends for Timmy Joe Souders " in Maryann's thread, You can easily access the group from my home page, for Arnold's address.

 All mail going to the prisons has to have the # by the name and your address on the letter or they will send it back.

If u could rally anyone on your friends list and pass it on 2 just send him a card, he dose not read well. I would love to flood that prison with mail 4 Arney. I'm so busy getting ready to testify Wednesday this week and Friday in the Senate to try and get a mental health bill passed.

Thank-you and God Bless,
Theresa


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Hi Theresa, You must have heard my thoughts tonight or I heard yours as you were writing to me. I was just wondering and saying a small prayer for both of you. I understand that grief can just be so consuming. Please let Darlene know I am thinking of her and you and I am here if you ever need to just chat. What an amazing gift you received! Bless her for helping you with what you needed. Absolutely a gift of love Theresa. Yes, I have read the story and I will send her a hello and green star as little as it seems. So very good to hear from you. Hugs Pam

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Pam... I've been without a computer for awhile ( Months )

A Lady I've never met sent me this Newest Dell Lap top with everything and a Printer/copier/fax/picture printer...


Her Brother is in Jackson Prison she lives in North Carolina ... Her Story is in Timmy's group. She thinks I've helped in some way to deserve such an amazing Blessing.

I just wanted you to know we have a Angel helper in out group, and thank-you so much for sending it to my sister ... She is having a hard time with the grief and is staying out of Care2 for awhile.

God Bless,
T.

Psalm 55:22 --- you really need to read this.
"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."
This was written by a Hospice of Metro Denver physician.


I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and wanted to share it with my family and dearest friends:

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a Gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay.

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, "And you were praying?" That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you, and He sent me."

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have the money to pay rent Jan 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there.

So she packed up everything she owned in the car She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there.

I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, "So, are you like an angel or something?"


This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people."


It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.


Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings...


Psalms 55:22 "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."


My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, especially for the months in
2007, and I picked you.

Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed and a copy back to me.

This prayer is powerful and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:


"Father, I ask You to bless my children, grandchildren, friends, relatives and e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace, In Jesus' precious name. Amen."


I know I picked more than four and you can, too.
When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, "Jesus, could You please get that for me?"

Being blessed is GOOD...being HIGHLY FAVORED is best!

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Posted: May 1, 2007 6:59am
Sep 6, 2006
Please make a phone call to the Governor (517) 373-3400 and Demand Justice and Accountablity of MDOC

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Timothy Joe Souders,

Prisoner death demands a fix: Detroit Free Press

 

September 1, 2006

Timothy Joe Souders died on Aug. 6, after spending most of his last four days bound naked to a steel bed in four-point restraints, soaked in his own urine.
 
At 21, Souders' life was tragically short and, in many ways, just plain tragic. Mentally ill and unable to get help, Souders ended up alone and dead in a hot, segregated cell at Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson.

His parents did not know how he died. Steven Souders and Theresa Vaughn of Adrian learned the details two weeks later from my Aug. 20 report in the Free Press. A woman who played bingo at the hall where Timothy Souders worked as a caller brought a copy of the paper to his memorial service that day.
Steven Souders, 41, a journeyman machine repair worker, said the Michigan Department of Corrections told him his son died in his sleep.

MDOC denies that, but Timothy Souders' death helped push Gov. Jennifer Granholm to order an overdue independent review of prison health care.

His story touched a nerve in Michigan, which has closed most of its mental health facilities during the last few decades. Thousands of the state's mentally ill have ended up on the street or in homeless shelters, jails or prisons.


Geoffrey Fieger's law firm will file a wrongful death lawsuit against MDOC employees and Correctional Medical Services Inc., attorney Paul Broschay told me this week. CMS is the private, Missouri-based company under contract for primary care physicians and other services in Michigan state prisons.


I never met Timothy Souders, but the photos of him that his parents showed me in Adrian last week looked nothing like the bloated mug shot of prisoner No. 580074 that ran on MDOC's Web site. At 5-foot-8, he looked fit, handsome and happy, about 60 pounds lighter than the 235 he weighed in prison, and well-toned from work as a union roofer.


Souders had dropped out of high school and moved out of his parents' house when he was 17. Because of his mental disability, he received Social Security benefits.

Before he was arrested in March 2005, Souders worked part time calling bingo games at the Lenawee County fairgrounds. He was popular with the older players, who called him Opie, after the character on "The Andy Griffith Show." Senior citizens and young kids were his heart. In many ways, Souders was a boy inside a man's body.

Timothy was a good and kind loving person to everyone, saids his Mother Theresa Vaughn.

But Souders had a troubled side. His record showed five misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct, assault and battery and alcohol and marijuana charges. On March 4, 2005, he stole two paintball guns from a Meijer store in Adrian and threatened a police officer with a knife.

"Go ahead, kill me," Souders said before an officer stunned him with a Taser. Souders was charged with resisting arrest and assault. After police took him to Bixy Hospital where he was treated for the Tazar wounds, than the Police took Timothy to the jail, where Souders stabbed himself in the stomach seven times with a knife he had concealed. Later, he tried to hang himself with a noose made with fabric from jail coveralls. He was charged with malicious destruction of police property, a Felony in Michigan.

Timothy Souders was screaming for help, but no one in the system was listening.

He went to prison on Nov. 1, having received a one- to four-year bit for assault, resisting arrest and destroying police property. It turned into a death sentence.

Prison was no place for Souders, who had a bipolar disorder. He took medications for multiple conditions, including manic depression, psychosis and hypertension. Souders received seven misconduct reports: four for simply being out of place and another three - 1 for fighting, assaulting a prisoner and destroying property.

Roughly 24% of Michigan's nearly 50,000 inmates have a history of mental illness, Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said.

MDOC must do a better job of accommodating them, including improving communication between security and health care staff, and between Corrections and the Department of Community Health.

Mental health staff at the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility tried to transfer Souders to Huron Valley Center in Ypsilanti, a psychiatric hospital for prisoners, but a transfer coordinator working for Community Health failed to move him. The state Health Department has reassigned that coordinator and is investigating the incident.

Still, someone from Corrections, knowing Souders' condition, should have had enough sense or sympathy to pick up a phone and try to get him out of that segregated cell in Jackson. At one point, the heat index probably reached 106, and medications put Souders at high risk for heat-related injury or death.

MDOC maintains procedures were followed. If that's true, the department needs to take a serious look at those procedures. We now know from 60 Minutes that was just another Lie from the MDOC , 17 straight hours without being let up, 15 hours longer than the policy in place at the time allowed for being tortured..

"I want to know this is never going to happen to another human being," said Theresa Vaughn, Timothy's  mother.

In the end, the state must be held accountable for this unnecessary death, but Souders should have received help long before he went to prison.

Over the last two weeks, Souders' parents have received a barrage of calls from reporters and attorneys.

Unfortunately, Timothy Joe Souders had to die before someone paid attention to the Problems in the MDOC.

Timothy's aunt, Darlene Vaughn, has created a Web site with more information on the case: www.timothyjoesouders.bravehost.com. JEFF GERRITT is a Free Press editorial writer. Contact him at gerritt@freepress.com or 313-222-6585.
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