I have addressed this many times. The racism in the system is blatant. Locking up Dads foe failure to pay is totally counterproductive. This article highlights the many informal child support arrangements.
If you ever have been there, you know the truth of this image!
Excerpts from the Article:
Many states have policies that attempt to help formerly incarcerated people find work by limiting an employer’s ability to access or use criminal records as part of the hiring process.
But there is little evidence that these restrictions are helping non-resident fathers provide financial support to their children, according to Allison Dwyer Emory, a University at Buffalo sociologist and co-author of a new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UB, Rutgers University, Cornell University and Boston University.
“We find fathers with a history of incarceration provide less support to their children and accrue greater arrears,” says Dwyer Emory. “Further, in states with more limited access to records, fathers who have never been incarcerated provide less formal support and accrue more arrears, though they seem to compensate with more informal support, possibly due to racial discrimination against black men in the hiring process.”
The findings were published in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, which provides open access to the study.
States that limit access to online criminal record databases may reduce the costs of incarceration for fathers, but at the same time, they may be creating opportunities for a different kind of discrimination if employers, in the absence of information, default to racial stereotypes.
“It’s difficult to separate discrimination on the basis of a criminal record from discrimination on the basis of race, and policies that address one without the other may not be able to fully achieve their ends,” says Dwyer Emory, an expert on family demography, criminology and social policy.
“Fathers work hard to provide for their kids. When discriminatory labor markets make it difficult for them to pay formal child support, they provide informal cash support to their kids instead—even as they get in debt for unpaid formal support.
“We have to be careful to ensure that policies support fathers’ ability to be there for their kids.
Policy context is critical, according to Dwyer Emory.
“We want to know if these policies are helping fathers to be better parents or making it harder for them to be better parents,” she says. “These policies don’t seem to be associated with fathers who have a history of incarceration paying more support, but they do seem to be associated with fathers, particularly African American fathers, who have never been incarcerated, providing less formal child support.”
The researchers used data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study, a sample of predominantly unmarried parents who had a child in a large U.S. city in the 1990s followed over time.
The innovative research also includes state information from every year of the dataset, including which policies were in place for specific states at specific times, while also breaking out both formal and informal support that fathers provide for their child.
Formal child support is a court order that specifies an amount owed each month to a custodial parent. But some couples have informal arrangements, made outside of the courts, where fathers contribute when they have the money either instead of or in addition to formal support.
The researchers also included arrears in their study, which is the debt fathers build up when they don’t pay formal child support in full.
“Arrears are particularly important when thinking about fathers with a history of incarceration, because in some states arrears can continue to accrue while a father is incarcerated,” says Dwyer Emory. “These fathers start out behind in their payments immediately upon release, which can cause a cycle where high enough arrears puts fathers at greater risk of being incarcerated in the future.“
Incarceration and its consequences after prison affect millions of families in the United States, according to Dwyer Emory, who worked with Lenna Nepomnyaschy, an associate professor, and Alexandra Haralampoudis, a Ph.D. candidate, at the Rutgers School of Social Work; Maureen R. Waller, an associate professor at Cornell University; and Daniel P. Miller, an associate professor at the Boston University School of Social Work.
The authors stress the need for additional research if we’re to better understand the mechanisms through which these associations operate to determine how policies could better support fathers’ ability to provide for their children.
This is nice, but I can already tell you what the problem is: when they change “health care” providers they hire a new company. That company retains most employees (if not all of them), who go on making the same errors or abuses because there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY!
That one Commissioner is clueless when he says this: “As county commissioners and as the general public, we don’t know what goes on in the jail other than what we’re told,” Hentschel said. “So having an accreditation I think would be very healthy for our public trust.” They will still lie like hell!
Excerpts from the Article:
Grand Traverse County commissioners Wednesday voted to hire an independent firm to evaluate the county jail’s medical and mental health services – a move that follows a rash of public criticism last fall about jail conditions and a number of inmate suicide attempts and deaths in recent years.
Commissioners voted 5-0 – with Betsy Coffia and Gordie LaPointe absent – to hire NCCHC Resources to conduct an independent review of inmate services at the Grand Traverse County Jail. The consulting group is a nonprofit entity of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and works with approximately 500 jails and prisons across the country – including in Michigan – to provide technical assistance and expertise on best practices for jail operations. “We literally write the book, if you will, on what it is to provide correctional healthcare,” said NCCHC Managing Director Dr. Brent Gibson.
The contract’s fixed fee (including all expenses) is $24,640 and will include an evaluation of Grand Traverse County Jail health services compared to NCCHC standards, a review of medical records and interviews with staff and patients, recommended changes for improving healthcare efficiency and effectiveness, and a final comprehensive written report assessing jail conditions. With past Grand Traverse County Jail inmates and family members publicly criticizing medical and mental health treatment services at the facility – resulting in lawsuits and the launch of a Facebook page documenting alleged jail abuses – Commissioner Sonny Wheelock said the cost of the contract was easily justified if it prevented future litigation against the county.
“No matter how well we try to think we’ve got a handle on it, we do not have the expertise to evaluate the services that are in fact being provided in the jail,” Wheelock said. “Therefore, an independent evaluation is appropriate I believe at this time.”
Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley brought forward the contract proposal, saying it would help answer lingering questions about whether jail services are adequate or in need of improvement. The county has outsourced medical care for inmates since 2010 at an average cost of $460,000 annually, according to figures previously provided by Bensley. That contract – with a company called Wellpath – spiked to $555,000 in 2018 and is expected to climb to $615,000 in 2020. The county also contracts with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (NLCMH) to provide two full-time mental health professionals at the jail at a cost of $163,000 annually. Bensley previously told commissioners that he and other Sheriff’s Office staff aren’t medical experts and don’t necessarily have the skillsets to evaluate the quality of services provided by Wellpath and NLCMH, but that an independent company with relevant expertise could.
“(The evaluation) will do two things,” Bensley said Wednesday. “Number one, it will either indicate that what we’re doing is appropriate and follows all the guidelines and recommendations…or if there are some deficiencies, it will give us an opportunity to improve on those deficiencies for the delivery of healthcare and mental health services in the jail.” The sheriff added that NCCHC Resources is “probably the top resource for prisons and jails in the country. They will provide an independent review and evaluation and report back to the county, and I think that’s a fair way to do this.”
Commission Chair Rob Hentschel said that in addition to the evaluation, he hoped to see the county pursue NCCHC accreditation in the future, a process that would provide additional training to staff and ensure that Grand Traverse County Jail was performing in line with national best practices for inmate care. “As county commissioners and as the general public, we don’t know what goes on in the jail other than what we’re told,” Hentschel said. “So having an accreditation I think would be very healthy for our public trust.”
The first huge heartache was the divorce, when my baby boy was 1. READ Shutuppayourmouth! Invaluable Practical Tip – Don’t Talk! Keep your MOUTH SHUT! BAXTER
The second is that since my drug crimes, my son is not talking to me.
After the divorce, I worked part, part time. Whenever I wanted to spend 1/2 day, 9 days, 30 days, with my son, I did. Whenever he did not have school, I went to pick him up, though it was 45 minutes each way from my apartment to “the mansion I bought when she was pregnant”. I also picked him up from school nearly every day. We’d go to the park, or McDonalds, or the library for a while, then I took him to Mom’s. Man, he used to come running when he saw me. Lit up my heart, and I knew I was doing the right thing.
The most I made in any one of those 16 years was $14,000, and I turned down some very handsome job offers. But I would not trade that time with my boy for all the money on Earth.
We had a ball, swimming nearly every day, reading, going to movies [I had an apartment about a mile from Universal Studios in Orlando, and when it opened we spent lots of time there, eating – my job gave me free food at the restaurants. It also got me free passes to all of the Amusement Parks ], window shopping, and going to the movies. OMG, I must have seen a zillion movies. The worst, which we saw when Baxter was little, was The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, and when it was over, Baxter was a little embarrassed as I stood up and said in a loud voice: “Thank God, it’s over!” lol Many other parents laughed.
The first 4 or 5 years were rough, because every time Her Majesty came to pick him up, my son would cry and cling to me … you’d think she was going to take him home and torture him! It was upsetting to see him so distressed. But no, she was a good Mom. It was just because I spent every minute with him.
If anyone had said to either one of us at any time during those 17 years: “The day will come when you will not speak to each other”, we both would have said: “You must be crazy!” Well, that day has come. He was talking to me when I went to prison, and wrote letters too. But Her Majesty changed that. Have not seen him since he was 16, and now he is 31. I had to look twice when I found him on LinkedIn; he had grown up! But there he was “that’s my boy!”.
When I can, I will go find him. Praying he doesn’t say: “Get lost, Dad”.
Moral of the story: Don’t commit a crime; the consequences can be worse than imprisonment, the guilt, bankruptcy, homelessness and all the other bullshit!
We think of DNA evidence as infallible … but only if done right!
By the way, there are tens of thousands of innocent people in our prisons, for various reasons. It is the most dramatic evidence of how fucked up our criminal justice system has become.
Excerpts from the Article:
The NYC Medical Examiner’s office (“ME”) reviewed the DNA analysis procedure in a burglary case that was the only evidence used to charge Darrell Harris with the crime. They found that the DNA sample could have been contaminated, but only after Harris lost his job and $25,000 in legal fees.
Police responded on December 19, 2018, to a Queens, New York, break-in. DNA samples were collected off the window sill and sent to a lab for testing. The results indicated it was Harris’ DNA, and he was charged with the crime.
Harris had earlier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor forcible touching charge of an 18-year-old woman. A Grenadian immigrant who had earned U.S. citizenship, Harris had obtained employment with Jet Blue at JFK Airport and pleading to five years’ probation on a misdemeanor allowed him to keep this job.
The Port Authority told Harris that with his pending felony charge, he could not maintain his job. He had to quit and pay $25,000 to an attorney for representation in a case that could earn him up to four years in prison. Harris continued to assert his innocence throughout the proceedings. “DNA is good in some ways,” he said. “But, it’s never 100%, and in my case you had no other evidence, no eyewitnesses. Yet, they were ready to incarcerate me.”
Harris submitted his cellphone and E-Z pass records to show he was at a side job as a disc jockey in New Jersey at the time of the incident. His parents gave statements saying they helped him pack his equipment for the job.
This prompted Assistant District Attorney Eric Rosenbaum to ask the ME’s office to reevaluate the test. The ME determined that Harris’ forcible touching DNA sample was processed just prior to the burglary sample. He concluded that the burglary sample could have been contaminated. The DNA sample was recalled and charges were dropped.
Aja Worthy-Davis, spokeswoman for the ME’s office, said that testing guidelines have since been clarified for better accuracy. Terri Rosenblatt of the Legal Aid Society’s DNA unit said the city’s unregulated DNA collection and database could cause more cases of this nature.
“Given the NYPD’s rampant DNA collection of countless New Yorkers, this person could have been nearly anyone … Lawmakers have an obligation to end this completely unauthorized practice before another New Yorker is wrongfully arrested and prosecuted,” she said.
If a guard was fired – as they should be – every time one did this, there would be damn few left!
Excerpt from the Article:
A former Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail guard has been criminally charged after an incident in which he pepper-sprayed a detainee who was on suicide watch, court records show. Keven Jaques, 49, is charged with the fourth-degree misdemeanor of assault.
“The deployment of the pepper spray was against orders, and in violation of the jail’s use of force policy and (the victim) was not a threat to himself or anyone else,” Jared Hogan, a law enforcement officer with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in a probable cause statement. “Furthermore, Jaques did not immediately notify a supervisor of the use of force.”
The charge, which was filed on April 23, comes after previous News-Press NOW reporting about the abuse allegations. Sarah LaRue, the mother of the detainee who was pepper sprayed, James LaRue, said a misdemeanor charge isn’t punishment enough.
“He was at work collecting a paycheck when he did it. He essentially got paid to harm my child and now he’s getting less charges because he was at work,” Sarah LaRue said. “There shouldn’t be less charges, there should be more, there’s less charges because he’s a cop.”
An initial investigation into Jaques’ conduct was launched days after the incident, according to emails obtained by News-Press NOW from DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark, who sits on an oversight board for the jail. Jaques was put on administrative leave, later fired and then criminally charged.
Even with the charge, Sarah LaRue told News-Press NOW she still fears for her son’s safety.
“If anything, I’m more concerned now because James is out of jail and this guard has been fired. And with a delay in pressing charges, what’s stopping the guard from going and finding James?” Sarah LaRue said.
According to Missouri CaseNet records, no bond has been imposed in Jaques’ case, though a summons was issued by mail to his St. Joseph address.
Obamagate – tRump’s latest distraction – Letter to the Editor – “Obamagate” – Pure Baloney – kra 5/15/20
Obamagate – Trump’s latest distraction – Letter to the Editor – “Obamagate” – Pure Baloney – kra 5/15/20
As the election nears, and Trump finds himself assailed for all of his failures, including the monumental failure to control the coronavirus, causing more than 87,000 Americans’ deaths, he has created “Obamagate”. What a load of rubbish, merely his latest distraction. It was so telling when he blundered through the first inevitable question: “What crimes were committed?” with “You know, we all know” … because there were NO crimes committed by Obama!
All of Trump’s efforts to support the outrageous move of his A G, Barr, to dismiss the case against former security advisor Flynn, are nonsense. It is a crime to lie to the FBI; Flynn did so and admitted it. The disgrace of an A G, Barr, cannot eliminate that fact.
Trump has succeeded in getting lots of airtime on the issue, and he has, again, fooled some of his supporters. Trump is spending a BILLION DOLLARS on advertising this year …. all kinds of lies, absurd promises, and baloney, just like 2016, and this is one of his lies.
I still have faith that the American people will rid us of a president who rips young children from their parents and locks them in cages.
“Obamagate”? Don’t YOU fall for it. Vote him OUT … OUT!
Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover, DE 302-423-4067
While the wheels of injustice never stop, the wheels of justice move ever more slowly. I do believe (based on filings during the past 3 months which have gotten NO response) that many judges are simply loafing.
ACTUAL WHEEL OF JUSTICE IN MOST OF AMERICA’S COURTS! THIS ONE WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN A FAMILY COURT.
Excerpts from the Article:
In consultation with the other members of the Supreme Court on Thursday, Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. extended the Judicial Emergency and related orders, due to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, until June 13.
This is the second 30-day extension of the March 16 Judicial Emergency Order. This means that court facilities will continue to be closed to the public at least through June 13, or until the order declaring a judicial emergency is modified or lifted.
“Our state continues to operate under the governor’s emergency declarations,” Chief Justize Seitz said. “Those restrictions – vital to protecting the health and safety of Delawareans – do not presently allow us to increase activity in judicial facilities. Therefore, I have entered an order (Thursday) extending the judicial emergency declaration until June 13, 2020.
“As I have noted before, with the exception of trials, all state courts continue to use video and audio platforms to conduct as much court business as possible. The goal is to work down each court’s non-trial casework so we are prepared for increasing court operations when health and science experts tell us it is safe and reasonable to do so.”
The Court Reopening Committee, led by Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter, Jr. and staffed by judicial officers and employees from the state courts, our judicial system partners, and a medical expert on infectious disease, is drafting the plan for a gradual and safe increase in activities at all judicial facilities.
The committee hopes to have a final report and recommendation in May, with a possible “first phase” limited increase in judicial facility activity in June.
The Whole Story:
Again, due to abuse, a short sentence (three months) became a death sentence. Now more of YOUR money is wasted on the inevitable litigation.
Excerpts from the Article:
Pennsylvania’s Erie County agreed to pay $1.15 million to settle a civil rights action alleging the county jail had a policy that “required a non-medical person to make a medical decision about what to do with someone suffering from a medical emergency.”
The lawsuit was filed by the estate of prisoner Felix L. Manus, 48, after he died following asthma complications. Manus was serving a three-month sentence for failing to pay $750 in child support; he was assigned to the work-release program at Erie County Prison (ECP), which allowed him to work during the day to earn money to pay his child support.
Along with four other prisoners, Manus was employed at the Erie Hunt and Saddle Club on May 30, 2018, “mowing grass, weed whacking, and painting in the hot sun,” the complaint stated. He asked near the end of the shift to switch from mowing grass to painting as he was having difficulty breathing.
Because he suffered from asthma, Manus carried an inhaler at all times. As he completed his work, Manus told another prisoner his inhaler was empty. When guard Joshua Pietas arrived around 4:15 p.m. to take the prisoners back to ECP, he was informed about Manus’ breathing problems and need for immediate medical attention. Nonetheless, Pietas had the prisoners get into the back of the transport van, which made Manus’ condition worse.
Following policy, Pietas called his supervisor and told Manus, “OK, so here’s the deal. My lieutenant said that if you want need [sic] to go to the hospital, you have to do it from back there, but you’re in luck, so you can have fresher air you’re gonna sit up front with me.” The fresher air was air conditioning, as Pietas refused to allow Manus to roll down the window.
Once back at ECP, medical assistance was not awaiting Manus. Instead, even though he could not stand and had labored breathing, he was taken to a small holding cell with “poor circulation.” About 15 minutes later, an ambulance was called to take him to a hospital. Manus was unconscious and on life support until he passed away from “status asthmaticus” on June 11, 2018.
Represented by attorney John F. Mizner, Manus’ estate filed suit. At mediation on June 21, 2019, the parties reached the $1.15 million settlement. See: Manus v. Erie County, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Penn.), Case No. 1:18-cv-00202-SPB.
THE problem with reports about coronavirus in prisons is that the lie about everything. READ Culture of Cover Up
Excerpts from the Article:
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday the state has not had a “huge spread” of COVID-19 in the prison system, even as corrections officials reported 120 more cases among inmates and a ninth prison with an outbreak.
Corrections officials have reported large clusters of COVID-19 cases among inmates in nine facilities across various parts of the state. Hamilton Correctional Institution became the latest prison to record an outbreak on Wednesday, with 112 confirmed cases, officials reported.
As of Wednesday morning, 843 inmates and 208 corrections workers had tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Nine inmates, whose ages ranged from 65 and 84, have died from complications of COVID-19, according to medical examiner’s reports.
Other prisons with outbreaks include Liberty Correctional Institution, with 191 inmate cases; Tomoka Correctional Institution, with 132 inmate cases; Sumter Correctional Institution, with 101 inmate cases; Homestead Correctional Institution, with 80 inmate cases; and Apalachee Correctional Facility, with 64 inmate cases, department numbers show.
DeSantis, who is trying to slowly reopen the state’s economy, told reporters on Wednesday that people should not conflate what is going in prisons with how the virus is behaving in the broader community. “It’s not that (the prison system) doesn’t matter, but that’s obviously a discrete issue that is not really indicative of a community outbreak,” DeSantis said.
As of Wednesday, corrections and health officials had conducted 6,392 tests for inmates, an increase of more than 5,500 tests in one week. “You will continue to see some cases coming out of prisons because the testing is ramping up,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis also said the number of positive COVID-19 cases among prison workers has not been as high as he would have thought.
“In prisons, it has been very small. One or two here, one or two there. I was expecting to see a lot of staff members testing positive, but you just haven’t seen it, and that is something that is very, very important,” he said.
California Publishes Use of Force in Prisons – Full of Omissions, Distortions of Truth, or my name is not Ken Abraham! – kra
For every reported abuse, there was at least another, and in most instances the prison staff did nothing to hold abusers accountable! READ Culture of Cover Up
Excerpts from the Article:
In June 2019, California’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published its annual report, “Monitoring the Use of Force,” for incidents the previous year at all juvenile and adult facilities operated by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The OIG’s office reviewed 6,426 incidents where an allegation of excessive force was made. Inspector General Roy Wesley wrote in an accompanying letter to state lawmakers that “The department’s overall compliance rate remains low, with the Department finding only 55% of incidents in full compliance with its policies and procedures.”
“Whatever training they’re using to reinforce the policy isn’t working,’’ said Don Specter with the Prison Law Office, which stresses that there is very little accountability when violations of policy occur. “The good news is that when they review the use of force they figure out that there were violations of policy. The bad news is, they don’t do anything about it. So there’s no improvement from year-to-year.”
Some notable findings include:
• Approximately a third of the reported incidents occurred at just five of the state’s 33 facilities, all high security facilities like Salinas Valley State Prison.
• Half of all force incidents involved the use of chemical agents such as pepper spray.
• Officers used restraints and holds a third of the time, and rubber bullets, batons, and Tasers in the rest.
• Staff are required to conduct an interview with inmates who allege excessive force within 48 hours of the incident, but prison staff failed 49% of the time to complete timely interviews, record inmate injuries, complete interviews in a confidential setting, and to follow policy requiring officers not involved in the incident to conduct the interview.
• Staff failed to articulate an imminent threat justifying the use of force in 95 incidents, or 1.5%. This was down from 1.8% the previous year, though still deeply troubling because the “negative impact” of such incidents “can be quite significant.”
The most troubling incidents involve what are known as “controlled use-of-force incidents,” which occurred where a prisoner posed a threat while located in an area that can be controlled or isolated, such as a cell. Out of 100 such reported incidents, the OIG identified 65 incidents where violations of policy occurred, though this was marginally better that the previous year’s non-compliance rate of 75%.
Because of such incidents, the OIG strongly recommended that the department “impose a discipline of increasing severity against supervising and participating staff who violated policy when an inmate was in a controlled space, such as a cell.”
Unfortunately, such recommendations are not binding on the department, which has referred to its current policies and training as “adequate” and continues to resist any changes. It is unclear when or how the state will increase accountability for these shortcomings.