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

  1. gpena1957 says:

    Same as Kristopher Rodriguez enetred Dade C. I in January 2013. Was Catatonic and not treated. Thats the trendind and Cover up on Dade C. I and Katherine Frenandez Rundle. Typical Attorneys office for N9 accountility. I need to connet to that attorney for my son. Gemma PenaMother of a Severely Mentally ill in the Horrific Florida prison system being handle by Governor Jeckyll and His Assistant Mrs. Hyde second by Mortician Our State Attorneys office in Miami Dade. Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    • I’m so sorry about what you and your son have been put through. I hope that we’ll soon have leaders in the FBI and Department of Justice that take human rights seriously, and prosecute every governor, corrections secretary, and prosecuting attorney that failed repeatedly to keep vulnerable inmates from harm.

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