This is the very real, personal tragic toll of two nationwide problems: 1. the dysfunction of our prisons, which had gone on for decades, and 2. the failure of tRump to control the pandemic.
In this case we can see that: 1. judge is an idiot, and 2. the prosecutor has NO idea what really goes on with prison “health care”!
tRump on Coronavirus
He blunders and boasts and does very little good,
Hardly behaving as an American president should,
Despite dire warnings from his intelligence agencies in January; yes, months ago,
He dawdled, he downplayed the danger, did nothing, although,
He had been told quite clearly of the dangers would grow!
He has got to, got to, got to GO,
For into great harm our whole country he did throw!
In fact, his lies and bungling of this crisis are costing thousand of lives,
Yet the oaf in office seems to thrive,
He says there’s a vaccine because “I feel good about it”, you see,
But there is NO vaccine; how dumb can you be!?
He misstates the symptoms – now, how stupid can you get!?
Yet people believe him, for they have not learned yet,
That the oaf in office is dumb as a rock,
And nearly everything he says is a total crock,
5/12/20 Not content with 30,000 deaths, the FOOL now presses to “open up” the economy, with the death toll over 80,000 and climbing!
Trump is spending $1 Billion on a disinformation campaign this year. His absolute chaotic disaster response has killed a very large percentage of the dead so far. GET HIM OUT!
Excerpts from the Article:
A New Jersey man who was sentenced to one year in prison died on May 10, 2020, while in custody at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Trenton, where prisoners go before they are sent to a regular prison.
According to court records, Ricardo Williamson was given a one-year sentence on a single charge of fourth-degree shoplifting for stealing watches and perfume totaling about $200 from the Macy’s at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey. Williamson said he committed the crime to support his drug addiction.
Williamson agreed to a plea deal stipulating to a one-year sentence, but James Sheehan, his court-appointed attorney, asked the court to consider time served (he had already spent four months at the Passaic County Jail) because Williamson, 62, suffered from multiple chronic illnesses that required intensive medical care.
The prosecutor, Melissa Simsen, countered, arguing that there were “services (in prison) where the defendant can get medical treatment, so I don’t think it will be a hardship.”
‘‘You continue to engage in criminal activity with this condition, so to say, ‘Well judge, I shouldn’t have to go to jail because my medical health is fragile and I could get very sick if I’m in jail and exposed to other folks who have illnesses,’ that’s not fair,” said Judge Justine A. Niccollai. “That’s not something that this court could, quite frankly, consider, because there is a punitive aspect (to the sentence).”
Williamson was transferred to the Central Reception and Assignment Facility as the coronavirus pandemic was escalating. He never left. The facility had logged just one death linked to the virus as of May 15, but it is unclear whether this number is accurate since testing is underutilized in prison settings. It is not certain that he died of the virus because the prison won’t comment on his medical history, citing medical privacy rules.
A NJ.com investigation found New Jersey’s prison system was ill-prepared to deal with the pandemic, and it took weeks to implement even the most basic protective measures like masks and hand sanitizer for prisoners. Williamson is one of more than 40 prisoners who have died in state prisons since the crisis began. Williamson’s niece, Nina Kemp, said the family wasn’t notified of his death by the prison authorities. They learned of it when they were contacted by a reporter. Kemp said her “Uncle Ricky” was a “wonderful man” who loved to sing for her and her children.
“We made, as a state, a strategic decision that it made more sense to incarcerate him at $50,000 a year rather than figure out why it was that he was shoplifting,” said Rev. Charles Boyer, the head of Salvation and Social Justice. “He got a death sentence for shoplifting.”