SCPR, Solitary Watch, LA Times and Slate have all published very recent articles regarding suicides in California state prisons after the federal monitor Dr. Raymond Patterson up and quit. Frustrated, claiming any future attempts at investigating is a waste of time and effort, he made it very clear that state prison officials just don’t care and are not interested in finding a solution. Dr. Patterson blasted the state for failing to follow many of the recommendations he made over the last 14 years. Nothing new there as far as CDCR goes…Does Little Hoover Commission ring a bell?
For well over 20 plus years, CDCR has failed to take any direction in correcting the abysmal prison system that is draining California. $10 Billion this year is budgeted for “corrections” -when no one is being corrected or rehabilitated. CDCR and Governor Brown feel the federal oversight needs to go away now, because they ‘have things under control’ and oversight is no longer needed. Really?
Realignment has been nothing more than smoke and mirrors, moving prisoners to overcrowded county jails and out of state private prisons. As I have said previously, a huge chess game played with human beings as pawns. When do the games end? When do we start addressing the problems that are glaringly obvious?
Here’s Southern California Public Radio’s report with the details:
[Dr. Raymond] Patterson has analyzed inmate suicides in state prisons for more than a decade and made recommendations every year on how prison officials could reduce the suicide rate. In his report on 2012 suicides, Patterson wrote that his recommendations go “unheeded, year after year,” while suicides “continue unabated.” Patterson concluded that state prison officials just don’t care about the issue, and that making any more recommendations would be “a further waste of time and effort.”
That report paints a rather depressing picture of the California prison system: The state has 24 suicides for every 100,000 inmates, a rate that is climbing and already 50 percent above the national average. Inmates in segregation units were 33 times more likely to commit suicide. Of the first 15 suicides of 2012, three were discovered after the onset of rigor mortis, and 13 had indicators of “inadequate assessment, treatment or intervention.”
An inmate at Chino State Prison, which houses 5,500 inmates, walks past the double and triple bunk beds in a gymnasium that was modified to house 213 prisoners in Chino, Calif. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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