Some reasons why it’s not okay for prisons to destroy “inventory”

Forged Drug Test Results May Free Tens of Thousands From Prison A recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling is expected to free tens of thousands from prison. Those who are expected to be impacted by Monday’s decision are those whose drug samples were “mishandled” in a way that produced thousands of “forged” results, leading to incarceration. via Forged Drug Test Results May Free Tens of Thousands From Prison.

Despite articles like the one linked above, the general public just doesn’t “get” how many men and women are behind bars that aren’t guilty of anything. Their misconceptions are mostly due to abysmal reporting, designed to hide the fact that the FBI didn’t clean itself up after Hoover left. Ever. The bulk of the agency’s forensics techniques have been debunked, from hair and fiber analysis to Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis. The FBI’s dogs don’t hunt, and either did any of the other scent tracker’s dogs that they availed themselves of. Most of the people convicted using FBI junk science over the past forty years or so are still behind bars … or died there.

This ridiculous state of affairs is pleasing to the Prison Industrial Complex. Why incarcerate just a single serial killer when you can incarcerate a serial killer and one or more innocents falsely convicted of his crimes.

Think it doesn’t happen? Think again. Frank Lee Smith and Jerry Frank Townsend both served time here in Florida for serial killer Eddie Lee Mosley’s crimes. Frank was posthumously DNA-exonerated; he died screaming in pain from unconscionable end-of-life cancer pain mismanagement, according to one of my activist friends.

Inmates are Prison Industrial Complex inventory, and high inventory is the PIC’s top priority – it’s why it lobbies for ridiculously lengthy sentences and screwball, counterproductive concepts like “use a gun and you’re done” and “three strikes.”

Without lengthy and ludicrous sentences, the PIC would have to treat its human inventory as durable goods – like automobiles – rather than perishables – like groceries. Treating their inventory as having lasting value isn’t something that the Prison Industrial Complex is willing to do.

So, given that there are tens of thousands of incarcerated innocents, and tens of thousands serving ridiculously lengthy sentences, the media must make the Prison Industrial Complex change, because we can’t afford the wrongful incarceration damages, we can’t afford to warehouse people for half of forever for no sane reason, we can’t afford to teach those that have made mistakes how to become hardened criminals, and we can’t afford to pay for wrongful death suits resulting from guards gone wild.

I’ve put a lot of effort into securing Richard Mair’s suicide note, as well as the letter he’d written to a number of public servants – including Governor Rick Scott – before the act of desperation that ended his life.

After suffering sexual and physical abuse, Mair took his life at Florida’s now-notorious Dade Correctional Institution, where a little more than a year earlier, corrections officers scalded mentally ill Darren Rainey to death in a closet-sized shower.

I had keeping an eye on Mair since he bravely refused to testify falsely against Jeffrey Abramowski in Brevard County, resisting deputy Gary Harrell’s temptations … which likely doomed him to a life sentence. Another man had also resisted, and he too was likely sentenced more harshly than he would have been had he never been approached with a “deal.”

While Richard and the other man may or may not have been guilty, Jeff was and is definitely innocent. Two DNA markers out of 15 is never, ever a “hit.”

In his suicide note, Richard said he that he had tried to protect inmates at Dade CI. I will publish Richard’s suicide note and letter to assorted culpably negligent members of the executive branch of Florida’s government at a later date, after I secure the help of those that can help identify his guard/tormentors. Every inmate – like Harold Hempstead – that spoke up to try and secure justice for Darren likely stands ready to do the same for Richard.

Please do focus on the concept of culpable negligence, folks. Darren Rainey’s autopsy report has not yet been released, even though he was murdered in June of 2012, nearly three years ago.

Darren’s skin had been melted off his body. The shower controls were accessible only to guards. It isn’t hard for a medical examiner to write the word “homicide” on an official report, and release it, unless – of course – the ME is told not to, and threatened with the weight of an entire state government. Florida Medical Examiners serve under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which serves under Governor Rick Scott.

It is the job of the executive branch of government to enforce existing laws. It remains against the law to murder inmates. It also remains against the law to obstruct justice, even if you’re a member of the executive branch of government and tasked with enforcing laws.

Inmates are not inventory, they’re humans. Tens of thousands of them belong in mental health facilities, like Darren Rainey did. Thousands of them likely got slammed with a death sentence for refusing to help frame an innocent, like Richard Mair did. And tens of thousands of them are innocent, like Jeff Abramowski, Frank Lee Smith Jerry Frank Townsend.

Hit and run journalism isn’t even good for hit and run accidents, let alone the resolution of our country being luridly lobbied into being the Incarceration Nation, with the complete, entirely self-serving cooperation of the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee and too many governors (and their underlings) to count.

Culpable negligence, y’all; there’s hardly anything uglier. It’s a crime of apathetic dispassion … worse than any crime of passion. The media has to hit it, and hit it, and then hit it again, until all its victims can rest in peace. Anything less is complicity. Truly.

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Before he took his life, Richard Mair had bravely/unsuccessfully tried to prevent Jeff Abramowksi’s Brevard County frame-up, and bravely/unsuccessfully tired to protect himself and scores of other mentally ill inmates from being abused, neglected and tortured at Dade Correctional Institution.

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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3 Responses to Some reasons why it’s not okay for prisons to destroy “inventory”

  1. Pingback: keep the stories going until justice rings in the air! Inmate abuse must stop!!!!!! | Helpmybrotherharoldhempstead's Blog

  2. Great reporting!


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