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Lawsuit Over Mich. Inmate Death of Timothy Souders Settled for $3.25M

Society & Culture  (tags: Michigan, Human Rights Violations )

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The family of a 21-year-old mentally ill inmate who died after spending four days naked inside a hot, isolated cell at a Jackson prison has settled a lawsuit over his death for $3.25 million.

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Elena P (549)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 10:54 am
Still not right!

Dee C (23)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 11:29 am
No..not right at all by any means..I do hope that this has at least brought awareness to the problem and that it changes how one is treated..
Such a shame..
Thanks Kristi..

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 12:29 pm
All the money in the world can not replace him. No one should be treated like this. Noted with anger. Thanks Kristi.

Eleanor B (909)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 12:37 pm
Same here! How totally shocking.

Past Member (2031)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 2:08 pm
As many of you know, Timothy Souder's mother is Care 2 member Teresa V. and she submitted this story over the 4th of July weekend. It didn't reach the front page and that is why I have re-submitted it. Thanks for noting!

Cheryl B (375)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 2:34 pm
thx 4 resubmitting K, I tried to get the prior to front page but could only forward abit that day, typing hard today. I feel it needs to be front page. as E says though I thought too after the last one that how do u put a price on someones life or suffering. I left comment on her blog prior. thx.

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 3:44 pm
I am glad for Theresa and her family that this is over. I would give those millions to have MY son - and hers - back!

Martha Rickman (33)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 3:48 pm

Elizabeth N (40)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 3:59 pm
Thanks Kristi - I remember when this happened. I was aghast then - and I am still. It is horrifying. But at least they have been punished in some form, and have had to take note that this will not be tolerated.

Of course, It won't bring Timothy back or bring Teresa peace. I send both of them my heartfelt prayers. I'm just disgusted.

Elizabeth N (40)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 4:09 pm
I sent this out in a share so perhaps it will reach the front page - it affects one of our own.

Past Member (2031)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 4:11 pm
Great idea, Elizabeth! Thanks so much!

gee string (4)
Wednesday July 9, 2008, 6:15 pm
this is a terrible shame... why was this young man even in a regular prison and not in a lock down at a mental ward of a hospital?... i don't not understand this whole situation...

Mary Neal (183)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 2:04 am
gee, did you not know that prisons ARE our new mental hospitals in America? A report released in March by the Treatment Advocacy Center reveals that for every 20 public psychiatric beds in the U.S. in 1955, only 1 such bed remained in 2005. Probably even less today -- just a pallet in the corner. Meanwhile, 1.25 million mental patients are in prison in this country -- about 1/3 of the entire prison population. It costs considerably more for taxpayers to incarcerate rather than treat our mentally ill citizens, too, especially when these sick citizens often die in jail, like Tim, my brother, and singer, LeVert. See See my Care2 page for more info and please join the fight for human rights for our sick citizens.

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Past Member (2031)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 5:56 am
Thank you all for noting this story and helping get to the front page for Care 2 mom Teresa V. and son, Timothy.

MadMud Artist (433)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 6:58 am
The whole system needs a major overhaul. There are so many that need help, not an education on how to be a criminal, for that is what they are recieving. If they are suffering a mental disability you don't put them in a place that does nothing for that illness...SO wrong.

Joann Shanks (251)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 8:36 am
My heart goes out for Tims mom and her family no money in the world will help her pain but glad she is getting a little justice Jo Ann.

June Marshall (395)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 11:37 am
Money will never bring a person back but this will help with the problems his death caused. Very tragic he had to die in this way. Prison is no place for those with handicaps. Those incarcerated with problems will become worse in this atmosphere. These people need love and attention and NOT be made fun of as other inmates will do this.

Louise L (48)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 2:01 pm
So sad that mentally ill people are treated badly in this country. We are not assisting the people that need it the very most: the elderly, the children, and the mentally ill. It's past time to stop helping everyone overseas, and begin to "clean up our own mess". Sadly noted, Kristi

Linda D (41)
Thursday July 10, 2008, 7:19 pm
I'm glad justice was done for a change. Having to spend a huge sum of money is the only way to get their attention and cause them to try to avoid death by slow torture in the future. Only, those responsible should have ten per cent of their paychecks taken out for reimbursement for the rest of their lives, inlcuding their pensions. She must have had a very good lawyer who could neither be intimidated or bought off.

Hilda Perrett (65)
Monday July 14, 2008, 1:43 pm
How sad,I have worked with mentally handicapped a lot of my life they are beautiful people and have much to offer if only the world would treat them with kindness and support Hilda P

Theresa Vaughn- Miller (2)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 7:48 am
Kristi - Thank you.

I have been so busy with Lawyers, Paperwork and Press release. And getting everything Ready for the Rally we are doing to Remember Timothy on August 6, in Lansing Michigan from 1-5pm.

I can not Say it enough how grateful I am for my Care2 friends the the support I received on this Network.

This group of people gave me the courage to keep fighting and not just let The Michigan Department of Corrections Cover everything up.

When Grief hits- It is every hard to keep getting up and fighting, when it is a subject where most people, have no compassion- and the system keeps telling you your child got what he deserved.

Thank you-
God bless,
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