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Behind the News with Doug Henwood - March 28, 2013 at 12:00pm

Behind the News with Doug Henwood, for March 28, 2013 - 12:00pm

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I drove my friend to visit

I drove my friend to visit her son at ASPC Eyman Florence AZ yesterday. Her son is schizophrenic and is in solitary confinement. She told me that he looked awful--hadn't showered in ages, and his hair was greasy. She asked him about washing his hair and he said "the roaches clean the grease out of it at night". She asked him about showering and he said "my choice". His eyes darted all around and rolled. He didn't make sense--he has created a reality for himself and named the people in it out of a dungeon and dragons game--ie "the monk is coming next week". She tried to talk with him about his plan for his release early in June--he said "shelter--sleep on grass" but because he has a sex offender status, the only shelter that will take him is in Mesa, and last time he got out of prison they threw him out because he was too crazy. He was back in prison in five days. We are looking for a place for him when he gets out of prison, but there isn't one. We think he would be better off in AZ State Mental Hospital, but don't know how to make that happen. He hasn't received his psych meds in prison. He is dangerous--frighteningly angry and crazy--and can't be allowed to go home. She is afraid of him, but she's his mom and she wants to keep him safe. She's old and was recently in an auto accident that broke her back--she is in a body brace and walks with a cane and a walker and the hour and a half ride from Phoenix to Florence was torturous for her, but she hadn't seen him in a year and needed to know his condition. He has stopped writing--his letters were incomprehensible anyway. I don't know how to help. Is there any advice or direction you can give us? Karen Foley

The present use of the

The present use of the incarceration system is to change what used to be an opportunity for organizing by luckily conscientious victims of capitalism. This way everyone is too frightened to engage while incarcerated. And in particular, more of us are more deeply afraid of getting arrested, limiting even further, the resistence necessitated by the endlessly violent capitalist system in which we're enslaved here on our Owners' plantation.

Thank you for confirming what

Thank you for confirming what I observed and dealt with while deputy warden at ASPC Eyman Florence AZ

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