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Mental Hospitals to Prisons, Gov’t & Wall Street…

Used to be that people with a mental illness were treated as possessing spirits, usually evil.  In a more enlightened time they were cared for to one extent or another.  In today’s society, if they’re not criminalized and imprisoned, they graduate to police, prosecutors, judges, politicians and CEOs.

TheScream-001(For previous American Tribune prison experience connections on this subject, please click on “Prison & Mental Illness,” and “Judges & Prosecutors…and Bobby.”)

Ironic, actually.  At the root, the current circumstances by society may be the most socially alienated and mentally disordered of all… more…

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Judges & Prosecutors…and Bobby…

Bobby was an interesting prisoner.  Black, mid-20s, and perfectly polite all of the time as only the well-disciplined mentally retarded can be.

Time for a new partner…

Bobby was certified retarded all of his life.  Something to do with oxygen to the brain as a baby.  So, what’s he doing in prison?  Glad you asked.

Bobby was the victim of some of his local “friends” back in the ‘hood, and he was the victim of a zealous prosecutor and a hapless judge (to be generous). more…

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Prison Mental Illness…

It was one of those incidents I experienced during my 20+yrs of incarceration in the American Gulag.  Periodically, the rate of imprisonment out-stripped the available bed-space. Big Bubba Clinton started a furious drive to build more prisons, meanwhile…

MentalPrison-002On this occasion, the prison unit had some 20 extra double bunks in the common area where we usually sit around and watch TV in the evening off-hours.  One of the side 2-man cells was vacant in order to serve as a bathroom.

On one of the top bunks crowded into the common area lay this tall, lanky white guy propped-up on his elbows.  He was maybe 30 with longish hair.  He never spoke and we noted that his elbows, when he got down off the bunk, were literally worn down to white bone. more…