Mentally Ill Inmate In Solitary Confinement Died Of Thirst, Autopsy Finds

  • metta

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    Sep 26, 2014 7:01 PM GMT
    Mentally Ill Inmate In Solitary Confinement Died Of Thirst, Autopsy Finds


    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/26/3572683/mentally-ill-inmate-in-solitary-confinement-died-of-thirst-autopsy-finds/
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    Sep 27, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    No problem. A prisoner in North Carolina has no rights. There was another prisoner there some years ago who died of dehydration in solitary confinement. No charges, but lots of "investigations" and "reviews" and meaningless "policy changes", so this wouldn't happen again.

    This death will result in the same dead-end drill. More hollow "policy changes" that result in no actual improvements.

    Michael Anthony Kerr had a history of schizoaffective disorder, a mental illness that features symptoms of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but he was not being treated. He had been held in solitary confinement at a Taylorsville, North Carolina, prison for at least 45 days when he died in a prison van in March.

    An autopsy released Thursday finds that he died of thirst. That he had abrasions on his arms “consistent with restraint devices.” And that key details regarding his death such as when he last had food or water were left unanswered by an internal investigation, the Associated Press reports.

    Even now, it’s not clear just how Kerr died. He was being transferred to a medical facility March 12 that was 164 miles away, and was found unresponsive at the end of the 3-hour journey. A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman told the Raleigh News & Observer she couldn’t explain what sort of treatment he would receive and why he wasn’t taken to a closer facility. His sister, Brenda Liles, told the Associated Press earlier this year that she had called prison officials repeatedly in the days leading up to his death to try to get him help, after she heard from other inmates that he was in danger. Even before the autopsy was released Thursday, seven prison staff members had lost their jobs over Kerr’s death.

    But the Department of Corrections has declined to publicly release findings from an internal investigation. In her autopsy, pathologist Dr. Susan E. Venuti wrote that the Department [of Corrections] allowed a “witnessed review” of the investigation, but would not allow her to take a copy. She said the investigation lacked key information, such as when Kerr last received food and water. Because of this, she could not determine whether the death was a homicide. The agency told AP its investigation is still ongoing.


    Ongoing = drag its feet until public outrage & interest dies down.
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    Sep 27, 2014 5:14 PM GMT
    pazzy saiduhhh... you do realize that shit like this happens in the prison system all the time right? looks like a slow media day.

    I fear you are right. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Both by overall numbers, and by percentage versus its population.

    So abuses are likely to happen. Just the price of doing business, right?

    "And the land of the free
    And the home of the brave"


    Except many of us, the largest percentage in the world, have been in jail, or are presently in jail. How "Free" is that? The great deception about the US, and our supposed "freedom".

    We are a police state. The problem is we don't admit it. Just like the Germans didn't in the 1930s. Yet we persist in this "Land of the Free" illusion, when our over-populated prisons, and the abuses within them, are among the worst in the world.
  • tazzari

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    Sep 27, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    I fear you are right. The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Both by overall numbers, and by percentage versus its population.

    And we mustn't forget the high quality of the dedicated men and women who want jobs like prison guarding....