Go Directly To Jail – And Die There

“An inmate with a history of seizures was denied emergency care by a prison nurse who overrode a doctor’s orders for an ambulance, and within an hour the man suffered irreversible brain damage that led to his death, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune.” 

Stories like the one here are what lead to my interest in working for the prison reform cause several years ago. My one concern over the privatization of state industries stems from stories like this where a for-profit entity causes abuse or loss of life in an effort to cut corners and increase profits. With more and more people being locked up for non-crimes, we should all be concerned about the simultaneous rise and increase in the use of private prison corporations and all of the subsidiaries of the prison industry.

Not only was this man effectively murdered by the state, his death came only 3 months prior to his expected release date. Whatever money the state may have saved by choosing to hand over the responsibility of incarcerating its citizens can now be spent on a settlement or fighting the lawsuit being brought against them.

And lest anyone think this was a fluke, accident or possibly a freak, one-time event – you can see a list of wrongdoings committed by Corizon here. Every single for-profit prison & prison health provider, have rap-sheets stretching over a mile long…per each company. This is not simply one wrong-doing or mistake by one company operating in just one state…Corizon has had problems from Alabama to NM, up to MN and in numerous other states. This is standard operating procedure – NOT an accident committed by one employee in one place.

More from the article, “…events in the hours before Johnson was found “pulseless” in his cell raise questions about denial of care because of the rationed-care philosophy of the for-profit contractor Minnesota has hired to care for the state’s 9,400 prisoners. Corizon Inc., formerly known as Correctional Medical Services, has had a contract with the state since 1998, worth $28 million this year.

One of the contract’s major cost-saving provisions says that Corizon is not required to provide overnight medical staff in the state’s prisons, except Oak Park Heights and Faribault, where medically complicated, elderly and terminally ill prisoners are held.

No doctors, who are all Corizon employees, work in the state’s prisons after 4 p.m. or on weekends. Corrections nurses, who are state employees, work seven days a week, but their last shifts end at 10:30 p.m. The last time the Rush City prison had 24-hour medical coverage was in 2002….” Full Story Here on Star-Tribune

It may be easy enough to dismiss this story and think, “oh well, if you want decent medical care you shouldn’t commit crimes and land in prison” but please don’t be so quick to cast this off  as something ordinary folks shouldn’t care about. As I stated in the beginning of this article, more and more people are landing in prison for NON-crimes…laws are tightening around our necks every day and it is getting harder and harder for average Americans to avoid thinking about those in prison as more and more have family members or friends getting caught in the net.

Consider the arrests made every day that are not only unjust, but often times, outright illegal or without just cause. Film an officer while standing in your own yard? Go directly to jail. Argue for your rights during a traffic stop? Go directly to jail, do not pass Go. Defend your family against armed intruders parading in SWAT uniforms who might have the wrong address? Off to jail with you, criminal!

And heaven help you if you fall ill while in one of their cages…because no one in the prison – not even the paid staff – will be there to help at all…

Tip of the hat to Wesman Todd Shaw for the original link to this story.

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15 comments on “Go Directly To Jail – And Die There

  1. Reblogged this on The Nonconformist and commented:
    How can a private prison make any money if they have to take care of the prisoners?

    A good business model would involve not feeding the prisoners, or simply shooting them while bilking the tax payer for the dead’s safe keeping.

  2. ephraiyim says:

    Unfortunately it will get much worse I suspect. We will likely soon see prison camps as people are about to rise up against what the government is about to bring down on our heads.
    If we are smart we will not use force to resist as that will only give them an excuse to murder innocent citizens. Peaceful non-cooperation of the masses is our only hope. They only have so many troops and cops and eventually their resources would be overwhelmed.
    The only problem is that most people in this country have been conditioned to accept being sheeple and may just capitulate to the demands of the overlords. I fear another holocaust coming. This time it will be less selective. You don’t cooperate you burn. Or worse you get re-programmed!

    • MisBehaved says:

      I’m afraid your assessment is right, Ephraiyim. I wonder what it will take for people to finally decide, “Enough” as I figure we’ve already been pushed further than we should have allowed. People in a panic likely will resist simply because they won’t know what else to do. Look at a stampeding herd…if anyone sits down, they’ll get trampled in the chaos. I agree that peaceful resistance would be best but I fear we’ll not be that calm and/or rational…

      Thank you for reblogging this, John. Much appreciated!

  3. Dear friends from America, your country is scaring me. What happened to your dream ? This form of insane injustice occurs now on a daily basis. It’s not even news anymore. Scary stuff.

    • My country scares the hell out of me. We got lazy & complacent and decided to allow others to ‘protect’ us..now we cannot control what we unleashed. We’re going to be protected to death pretty soon…and it is both scary – and heartbreaking.

  4. hugo gonzalez says:

    I was in county jail a year ago and saw how the guards did not care about a guy who was on the floor puking his guts out fore about an hour, they just kept poking him and telling him to get up, other detainees were keeping an eye on him to make sure he would not get any worse, the guards just saw he was breathing and walked away

    • Sad as it is, that doesn’t really surprise me too much. We started down a path to hell when we decided to tie incarceration to profits – I don’t see it reversing any time soon, either. Ugh.

  5. Ray's Mom says:

    Way too many of these stories. Sorry state of affairs in our country

  6. cops are to detain and harass–not to protect and serve. They are the lowest level of henchmen–in my mind. I know from firsthand experience.

    • Sorry you have firsthand knowledge of such a thing. I’ve had several less-than-pleasant encounters with Ociffers…even while working as a volunteer victims’ rights advocate with our local PD, there were a couple of cops that spooked me so badly I refused to do ride-alongs with them and ending up leaving the program. The more we SWAT gear them up, the more we cause them to not see themselves or others as humans, it seems.

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