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Navajo Chief–Peter MacDonald…

As the rest of the nation commemorates Memorial Day, some 300,000 military veterans mark the event thru the impress of razor wire and prison walls.

Chief Peter MacDonald

Chief Peter MacDonald

The American Correctional Association (ACA) and the US Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) indicate that fully 83% of that number are veterans discharged under honorable conditions.  The Veterans Administration (VA) reports that 20% reported combat experience, 18% were homeless prior to their arrest, and 70% were arrested for a nonviolent crime.

It is clear that many military veterans start out with non-criminal issues, such as, PTSD/SS, drug and alcohol problems, and homelessness.  These situations sooner or later lead to criminalization if not effectively resolved thru mental and social health programs. 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…