Jan Green, located only when suffering from symptoms typical of how mentally ill prisons store
In July 2009, Jan Green, married and mother of four children, was arrested on suspicion of having committed an act of domestic violence after allegedly assaulting her husband with a frying pan. Green had suffered in recent years from periodic attacks of mental illness, a problem that has reached its climax in the day of the incident stove. She was taken to the detention center of the county of Valencia (VCDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where, according to his lawyer, was seen immediately by the staff who were psychotic and in need of treatment.
Unfortunately for Green - staff and inmates who now continues unspecified damages (pdf) - the treatment that they had received was pepper-sprayed in the face and be thrown into a solitary confinement. There, it is alleged, was left to rot for the better part of two years before the charges against him were dropped.
Green's lawyer, Matthew Coyte, during the two years he spent in the VCDC was not only denied medication and therapy, which leads to deteriorate to the point where you hours rocking back and forth in his cell alone, but also basic hygiene products. Green's claims that he was allowed to bleed for months at a time. One of the accused, identified only as Jacob in the application, would be ridiculous waving green pads in front of the window of his cell.
When a pad is sometimes given, was forced to be reused several times. At one point, due to poor hygiene and lack of exercise, which filed a rotten sock in an open wound in the foot.Green
long stay in the isolation unit in VCDC her daughter has made several attempts to visit, but the lawsuit alleges, was refused entry. On one occasion, the staff said that her mother did not see it, for others, it is enough to say that he was not allowed to see his mother
contacted, the director of the prison, Joe Chavez, refused to talk to me or comment on the case. But in an interview with a local newspaper, which had denied the allegations. Green Paper "difficult to treat a woman" and that she "could lead to abuse." Chavez and Bruce County Director Swingle, also quoted in the article, Mr. Green has never denied medical care or mental state which, in fact, refused on numerous occasions both
"When was imprisoned in Valencia County, not just rest on our laurels in this regard," said Swingle. "It is not what we are. It is not that Valencia is on the county. I must say that the service manager, the box and the staff has done a lot to try to get this one helps. "
Whatever the treatment actually green (and the result of his lawsuit against the county), the most troubling aspect of how the U.S. criminal justice system treated as a patient trapped in mind is that these claims are far from unusual. The number of people with mental health problems in jails and prisons, especially women, are so far from the cards what constitutes a national emergency. According to a 2006 report prepared by the Bureau of Justice (pdf), 73% of all women in state prisons and 75% of women in local prisons (against 55% and 63% respectively for men) have a mental health problem.There is no mention in the report about what happens to the majority of prisoners with mental disorders do not receive treatment, but it seems that not only ignored, but in fact brutalized by a system that failed at every step. At the end of 1980, according to the directive of President Ronald Reagan, most state-run mental faculties were closed - with the promise that patients with mental disorders receive better care to more humane community facilities. As stated in this statement by the ACLU in 2009 (pdf) for a joint hearing the case, ever man, these community alternatives materialized.