#CriminalizingMentalIllness: We simply must stop doing things that clearly don’t work.

Florida Inmate Vincent Gaines Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Says | Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred to the Dade Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade County, where he was placed on a “boneless diet” that left the five-foot-nine man 40 pounds lighter — dropping from 190 to 151 — in just 18 months.

After accumulating a series of disciplinary reports, Gaines was shuffled through multiple prisons before winding up at the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, Florida, where he soon died.

Source: Florida Inmate Vincent Gaines Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Says | Miami New Times

As a nation, we simply must stop doing things that clearly don’t work, like criminalizing mental illness. And we must stop letting public employees get away with abuse, torture, neglect and homicide.



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Feds finally show up at #LoveFL’s Lowell Correctional Institution. It’s already too late … will it also be too little? #DeadInmates

Feds to probe abuse allegations at Florida women’s prison | Miami Herald

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a federal civil rights investigation into sexual misconduct by correctional officers as well as other abuses against women at Lowell Correctional Institution in Central Florida.

The investigation comes after years of complaints by inmates and activists, who organized in the aftermath of a 2015 Miami Herald investigation, “Beyond Punishment.’’ The series included interviews with more than three dozen former and current inmates at Lowell who described being forced to have sex with officers just to obtain basic necessities such as soap, toilet paper and sanitary napkins.

Source: Feds to probe abuse allegations at Florida women’s prison | Miami Herald

Feds are more than three years too late in showing up at Florida’s Lowell Correctional Institution.

Per the linked Miami Herald article, no stone will now be left unturned in getting to the bottom of the abuse, neglect and torture of female inmates. They’ve even invited the input of former inmates, family and friends.

If feds don’t deliver, we can’t just cry, and try to carry on. This isn’t spilt milk. This is the ugliest ugliness imaginable.

Investors are making a bloody fortune on keeping our country the Incarceration Nation by backing legislators fond of criminalizing mental illness, homelessness, minor drug possession, addiction, indebtedness, undocumented immigration, asylum seeking, etc.

And the emphasis is indeed on bloody.

Who’s to blame? For one, Joe “we do everything but hang people for jaywalking” Biden.

This would come as no surprise if our mainstream media was more concerned with reality than ratings – you would already know at least as much about any given vice president as you do any given Kardashian.

What you don’t know can kill you. Or someone you love. For jaywalking.

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Latandra Ellington died under suspicious circumstances at Lowell on October 1, 2014 after her life was threatened by “Sgt Q”

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.@TheJusticeDept and @FBI: Demand #LoveFL’s 18th Judicial Circuit drop all charges against #CrosleyGreen and other framed innocents.

Crosley Green: After 29 years, convicted murderer wins a new trial

Crosley Green is getting a new trial …

On Friday, the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida ruled that prosecutor Chris White improperly suppressed crucial evidence from Green’s attorneys that might have resulted in a different verdict.

This is known as a Brady violation.

Source: Crosley Green: After 29 years, convicted murderer wins a new trial

You won’t find any clear and convincing evidence of Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard and Seminole counties) relentless decades of malicious prosecutions in newspapers, newscast transcripts, American Bar or Florida Bar journals, or on the Innocence Project’s or Innocence Project of Florida’s blogs. You’ll instead find a mishmash of unduly interrupted coverage, misinformation and egregious omissions by choice, not error.

But you can find that clear and convincing evidence in this blog, although I’m a decorator, not a journalist.

I wasn’t silent about what I’ve learned. When I saw something, I said something, and when the FBI ignored requests for investigations, I dogged both the FBI and Department of Justice on social media.

Neither entity ever gave an inch. And you’ve likely already guessed why. They knew that a conspiratorially corrupt mainstream media wasn’t going to throw stones at them for being conspiratorially corrupt … a lot of their investigations and prosecutions were no more legitimate than the 18th’s (and one that resulted in an execution was directly related to the 18th).

But the feds have a relatively new problem: nine months ago, former Philadelphia D.A. R. Seth Williams (a black man) was sentenced to five years in federal prison for taking bribes and committing fraud to maintain a lifestyle prosecutors said he couldn’t afford

If feds don’t act against malicious prosecutions in the very near future, they’ll be perceived as racist, and/or more concerned with financial crimes than with crimes that cage or kill innocents while keeping violent criminals at large, with the public footing the bill for all of it not only in cold, hard cash, but in warm, fresh blood.

The mainstream media isn’t going to call feds out to make sure that they prosecute white/black/brown prosecutors who threw one innocent after another under the bus, public safety be damned. It’s been under no pressure to do so since John Roberts’ US Supreme Court ruled so disgustingly in favor of New Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick Sr., watering down Brady violations to the point where prosecutors don’t have to know or care what they’re doing. (Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s dissent should have been the prevailing opinion.)

We have to call feds out, using the pressure of their looking to be racist and/or solely interested in prosecutorial monetary missteps if they don’t start prosecuting prosecutors that specialize in railroading innocents.

Please share this post. Help get some innocents home for the holidays, including Crosley ‘Papa’ Green. Thank you.

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Imaging the other side of the wire

“In my everyday life, I’m outside the wire. But I wonder how small a shift in the political wind would be required to change that.”


I’ve reached a new place in my photographic learning. Shots that I was really happy with just a few months ago now seem a bit meh. Sometimes I need to re-shoot. Sometimes, I just want to play with the images in editing tools.

Yesterday I posted a double-exposure image composed of two photos I took at the same time and place.

IMG_1307 Early morning on the Waitemata Harbour at Hobsonville Boat Club. Su Leslie 2018

IMG_1306 Razor-wire fence and seagull in flight. Su Leslie 2018

I quite like both shots, but there is something about that razor-wire fence that disturbs me every time I see it. Behind the fence is a yacht club. Members store little boats in the club compound, so I guess the fence is to keep their property safe.

I can’t help thinking though, of the millions of people around the world who are currently held behind razor…

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One would think. But one would be wrong.

Nearly half of the people executed nationwide between 2000 an 2015 had been diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder.

A ‘hellish world’: the mental health crisis overwhelming America’s prisons

For years now, [Kristopher] Rodriguez has been stuck in this sad limbo: according to the state, he is well enough to stay incarcerated, but far too sick to live in the general prison population or even to get regular visits from his mother.

Lawyers who have examined his case say his story is typical. Florida’s prisons have been the subject of repeated investigations for their treatment of prisoners with mental illness; so have jails and prisons in other states, including California, Illinois and Alabama.

Source: A ‘hellish world’: the mental health crisis in America’s prisons | Society | The Guardian

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The March 31, 2018 Guardian UK article about endangered mentally ill Florida inmate Kristopher Rodriguez (above) is NOT the Guardian’s first article about him.

One would think that this international attention would serve to protect Kris. And one would be wrong.

Posted to Stop Prison Abuse Now (SPAN) on Facebook by Amy McClellan yesterday at 5:46 p.m.:

Can you help out a very worried mom?

We’re asking your help for Kristopher Rodriguez, now imprisoned in Close Custody (a form of solitary) at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution near Pensacola, Florida.

A sample letter to Warden Walker at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution is attached for your use.

You might remember that Kris is a formerly high-achieving youth who experienced the onset of schizophrenia in his teens, decompensated and committed a crime that has left him in jail over the past nine-and-a-half years.

During that time, his treatment has been such that he has lost over 40 pounds, been often out of touch with reality—at one point not even recognizing his mother, Gemma Pena—sometimes engaged in serious self-harm, and never made any progress toward being able to care for himself after his release, now scheduled for December.

Earlier this year, his medications were drastically reduced following a visit during which Gemma complained because he’d been led to the visit in ankle shackles without socks on, leaving him bleeding. Not long after, he was accused of assaulting a guard and transferred to Santa Rosa.

Right now, Gemma knows basically nothing of his condition, but has been told that the prison seeks to have Kris sign a form denying her medical information, despite her being his legal guardian.

Please take a moment to write to Warden Walker at Santa Rosa C.I. since no one is answering the phone or email.

You can also try these numbers: The medical director is Ms. Kady Hall (850-981-5060) and Kristopher’s Classification Officer is Mr. Caldwell (850-981-5161). The main number is (850) 981-5199, FAX: (850) 983-5907.

Thanks very much for your commitment to human rights.

The first of two documents that were attached to Ms. McClellan’s SPAN Facebook post plea for assistance, Gemma Penna’s letter of May 10 to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones:

May 10, 2018

Florida Department of Corrections

Director Julie Jones

                                                                                  Re: Kristopher Rodriguez DC# C07499

Dear director my name is Gemma Pena, I am the mother of inmate Kristopher Rodriguez DC# C07499.

This is to advise you that I am not only the mother but the person that has full legal rights by the Power of Attorney of his medical and mental records, I have repeatly requested medical records since April 13, 2018, at no avail as of this date of this letter none records of been sent to me nor have I been billed for these copies, no free copies have been offered, I have discussed this on the phone conversations I have had.

I have been told by the FDOC, that my son has been taken off his normally prescribed medications, oddly by some unknown doctor which the institution refuses to give the name. Secondly I have been informed by a Dr. Catherine cook that my son was taken off his psychotropic medication. He is on new medication suddenly after taking this medication my son had episode and injured an officer.

Upon further investigation and up to date everyone is refusing to tell me if he is alive or dead or if he is in a hospital or if he is in ICU dying. I have pleaded with these peoples to find out how my son is and have been denied. GOD PLEASE LET ME SPEAK TO MY SON PLEASE WHOEVER GETS THIS LETTER TRY TO TALK TO MY SON SINCE I CANNOT TALK TO HIM, I FEAR FOR MY SON I KNOW WHEN A GUARD IS HURT WHAT HAPPENS TO THE INMATE.

I want to know why this doctor changed the medication into what it was and they are refusing this information to me even with my medical power of attorney.

Also once they decided to change this medication why was my son not placed in observation to see how he would react. Please any one that can help me. A desperate mother’s plea for the life of her son.

Thank you for your time.


Gemma Pena

The second document attached to Ms. McClellan’s SPAN Facepost post can be signed, copied, pasted and sent to Warden Clemmons at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution:

June 12, 2018

Warden Walker Clemmons
Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
5850 East Milton Road
Milton, FL 32583-7914

Dear Warden Clemmons,

I am concerned for the wellbeing of Kristopher Rodriguez (C07499) who is an inmate at Santa Rose C.I. Kristopher was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager and has experienced several psychotic breaks while serving his sentence in the state prison system.

Earlier this year while he was at Lake C.I., prescribed psychiatric medications that had been helping him were discontinued and his mental health deteriorated. His mother, Gemma Pena, is now seeking information about the medical condition of her son. She is not being given any information and has not been allowed to visit him, although she is Kristopher’s legal guardian because of his severe mental illness.

I am writing to ask you to please allow his mother to visit him and to ensure that he receives appropriate physical and mental health care.



My printer only works in months with both a Blue Moon and a Friday the 13th, so I’ll simply be sharing this blog post in the most insistent ways I can think of. Kris is due to be released in December, please join in as best you can and help make sure that neither he nor his mother are put through continual hell until then. Thank you.

For those who Tweet, the following handles may come in handy when sharing this post:

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott – @FLGovScott
  • Florida Department of Corrections – @FL_Corrections
  • Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones – @FDCJulieJones
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – @FBI (failure to keep Kris from harm is a federal crime)
  • Department of Justice – @TheJusticeDept (ditto re federal crime)
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Who lives, who dies, who tells your story – #MonteAdams

Saying Goodbye to Monte Adams, the Photographer Who Documented S.A.’s Blues Scene | The Daily

Monte Adams (right) poses for a photo with legendary blues guitarist Gatemouth Brown. - VIA GEORGE BRISCOE'S FACEBOOK PAGE

Via George Briscoe’s Facebook page ~ Monte Adams (right) poses for a photo with legendary blues guitarist Gatemouth Brown.

Monte Adams, known for capturing San Antonio’s blues scene in stark black-and-white photographs, has died at age 51, friends say.

Adams was found in his home Monday, according to a Facebook post by horn player George Brisco, who added that he didn’t know the cause. As of press time, the Current was unable to confirm Adams’ death with the San Antonio Coroner’s Office. 

Source: Saying Goodbye to Monte Adams, the Photographer Who Documented S.A.’s Blues Scene | The Daily


Google Alerts provide me with news about framed innocents and their anything-but-innocent framers, but often aren’t on target – the San Antonio, TX 51-year-old photographer Monte Adams (above) who died too young isn’t the Brevard County, FL 55-year-old maliciously convicted Monte Adams (below) I’m tracking who is in increasing danger of dying too young … Florida prisons are notoriously deadly, and bound to be even more so soon, with the new budget cuts.

The Monte Adams I’m tracking has been in prison for murder since 1983 – 35 years.

Monte was not in possession of stolen property from the crime scene; his friend Johnny Galvin was. Monte did not exhibit any unusual spending after the crime; Johnny Galvin did. The chief witness against Monte was – in typical Brevard County fashion – Johnny Galvin, who may well have been a match to the the fingerprints that were never “run” after they inconveniently failed to implicate Monte.

Monte has been denied parole because Florida claims his mother had once stated that she was afraid of him. That’s not the truth. No one in public employ will help Threna Adams get this supposed misunderstanding cleared up, which means it isn’t really a misunderstanding … it’s just another reprehensible ploy, like refusing to run inconvenient crime scene fingerprints.

Monte is at Cross Correctional Institution. I pulled up the summary of the most recent suicide there. It was so ridiculously redacted that it was impossible to tell how David Shaw accomplished his exit. He was 44.

I’ve been writing about framed individuals on this WordPress blog since 2010. It’s my second blog; I wrote about Monte on the first one, too. I’ve lost touch with Threna and Farley Adams after meeting with them a few times years ago. They’re law-abiding, God-fearing, church going citizens who’ve worked hard their whole lives and deserved to have their tax dollars pay for a FAIR trial for their son. The “public servants” who’ve denied them this reasonable and just fruit of their labors ought just drop dead and go straight to hell, so real public servants can run the prints and set Monte free.

Monte Adams

Crime scene fingerprints did NOT match Brevard County, FL’s lesser known Monte Adams, so they were never run, being so very inconvenient to securing his 1983 conviction.

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Don’t let #KristopherRodriguez become #LoveFL’s next #DeadInmate, @FLGovScott

Florida prisons are on track to be deadlier than 2017, the deadliest year on record | Miami Herald

Timothy Thomas

Timothy Thomas

All anyone really knows is inmate Timothy Thomas was very much alive on March 30 when he told an officer he didn’t want to go to breakfast — an act of defiance that would ultimately get him transferred to the confinement wing at Reception and Medical Center (RMC), a state prison in Lake Butler. What happened after that is a mystery, until April 2, when Thomas left confinement in a body bag, dead at age 43.

Source: Florida prisons are on track to be deadlier than 2017, the deadliest year on record | Miami Herald


Kristopher Rodriguez

Kristopher Rodriguez

Kristopher Rodriguez is scheduled to be released on December 20th, less than seven months from today. That he’s managed to survive neglect and abuse in Florida prisons for five years – despite his severe mental illness – is no guarantee that he’ll make it out alive.

As matters stand, in fact, the odds are against him.

Once again, Florida Department of Corrections have cut off Kris’ mother’s visits.

Gemma is frantic; she knows what this means, she’s been through it before. And I’ve written about it before, more graphically than I can bear  to do again tonight. There may be more injuries that they don’t want her to see, another dangerous drop in Kris’ weight and/or a return to a non-verbal state from improper or withheld psychiatric medications.

The Florida Department of Corrections prison population is falling, but the death toll is rising, as their chart below indicates.

Using an asterisk after Natural, the chart indicates that is that there’s reason to doubt that all the deaths described as natural actually were. There should be another asterisk after Accident, and yet another after Suicide. This is substantiated by investigative reporting not only by the Miami Herald, but nationally by the New Yorker, and internationally by the Guardian, etc.

Unnatural, often-violent deaths in lockups are happening nationwide, but Florida may well be in the lead in turning short sentences into death sentences.

Our prisons are underfunded, and one of the reasons is Governor Rick Scott’s expensive destruction of former Governor Charlie Crist’s automated Felon Rights Restoration process. The Tampa Bay Times recently wrote how much this has cost in administrative fees to keep people on the books who have already completed all the terms of their sentences … about $385M per year. That money should have been used to raise the wages of corrections personnel so that each facility could retain the best and brightest professionals, instead of becoming magnets for misfits and thugs. That money should have brought each facility up to code, and made them comfortable – in summer and winter alike – for personnel and for inmates.

Rick Scott could stop the hemorrhaging of funds tomorrow by reinstating Crist’s policy, but Scott is intent on keeping black and brown people away from the polls forever, because they may vote for Democrats.

It isn’t Jim Crow racism, because it wasn’t there when Scott took office. It’s New Jim Crow.

Misfits and thugs will keep the death toll rising, and I’ve written about as many unnatural inmate deaths on this blog as I can handle. My writing about Kris won’t get him home alive on December 20th, unless his story is shared. It isn’t just Democracy that dies behind closed doors, so do mentally and physically ill young inmates serving short sentences, and innocents serving other people’s time, anywhere where someone like Rick Scott is in charge.





Cause of Death 2013-2018

The table below reflects the number of inmate deaths from 2013 to 2018 by manner. A “pending” status indicates that the Department has not received the conclusions by the Medical Examiner or the death is under investigation by the Office of Inspector General or partner law enforcement agency.

Year Natural* Accident Homicide Suicide Pending Total Inmate Population on June 30th
2013 281 8 8 7 1 305 100,884
2014 309 7 12 10 8 346 100,942
2015 295 9 11 16 23 354 100,050
2016 290 11 6 11 38 356 99,119
2017 223 32 4 12 157 428 97,794
2018 30 1 1 144 176

*Also includes cases listed as Undetermined by the Medical Examiner

The links below provide information on inmate deaths by name, date, manner of death and investigative status by each facility and by each year, including most up-to-date in the current year.

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