Inadequate medical treatment for prisoners? Nothing new for the mentally ill!
With all the COVID19 commotion, we must not forget the mentally ill in prison. Sadly, a town hall session on the topic, scheduled to be held in Grand Haven in March, had to be canceled due to the coronavirus. The discussion was timely, and it’s still needed. I’m writing a book that may or may not ever get finished, and may or may not ever get read by anyone. I’m trying to focus on the incidents and people in the formative years of Humanity for Prisoners that helped shape who we are and what we do today. Our heart for the mentally ill did not just happen by accident. 2008 was a significant year. MaryAnn had contacted me about her mentally ill brother, an old guy who never should have been sent to prison in the first place. He got into a pissing match with a neighbor, and some tough-on-crime judge decided that this mentally challenged individual deserved prison time. Once behind bars, old Arnie was always in trouble. He’d stand in line hoping to buy some socks when