I heard about Walt and the suicidal woman at my hair dresser. We had been talking about how the police in Montana do not act appropriately to armed or unarmed suicadal mentally ill persons and the need for Crisis Intervension Teams. These are police officers who have been trained in how to de-escalate situations and get the person to the hospital for stabilization. The full text article about Walt sheds amazing light on an amazing man. A must read.
Good point. Prisons for profit! Typical Government agency, no one held accountable. And Every defense lawyer in this state will tell you that Montana Department of Corrections routinely defy court orders and the Governors past and present know it. They know for certainty that mentally ill prisoners are being tortured and their mental illness made worse and often unrepareabl only to be discharged at some point. Mentally ill persons can recover and become contributing citizens but as long as we continue electing Governors who refuse to address this issue, it will be more of the same. Ken Miller R was the only Gubenetorial candidate in the last election that was willing to dive into destruction that goes on in the DOC.
It is not unusual for prosecutors to embellish or tell complete lies to judges or jury's to get convictions. The defense attorney has no way to counter or confront the falsehoods. This is why minimum of 15 percent of inmates in Montana prisons are innocent. The public needs to be educated about the judicial system that is not about justice but rather a game of ego's and money. If one were to discover the depths of corruption in this system, one could only assume that the system particularly in Montana, is littered with socio paths only interested in their own gain. The question is, how could a man or woman of good conscience fight so hard to keep an innocent person in prison. The only answer could be is that they have no conscience.
Yes a voice of reason but I want to add one more comment and that is there is no doubt that the culture of violence in music and movies affects vulnerable person's mind although they had a moral and ethical upbringing. I've seen it first hand and more than once.
Way to go Missoula Independent. The Department of Corrections is being exposed for their uncivilized behavior towards those with mental illness. All of their other shenanigans that are contrary to their mission statement of reformation and rehabilitation needs exposed too. The Department of Corrections is a rogue enterprise filled with attorneys who on a daily basis defend the indefensible. A sickening, disgraceful lot they truly are and do not deserve our hard earned tax payer money or our support.
Obviously the author of the above comment has not kept abreast of neuro science, psychiatry and brain imaging. Nor does he have an understanding of just how much tax payer money feeds the bloated DOC administration rather than spending it towards evidence based successful offender re-entry. Recidivism is over 40% at a cost of millions to Montana Tax Payers. To understand this better, one needs to follow the money. The DOC receives funding according to numbers it incarcerates so why should they implement policies that reduces recidivism or keeps person's out of their system. This needs to be turned around and the monitary and personal bennifit should come from success not failure.
Kiely Howard, APRN specialist in adolecent psychiatric medicine summary statement
In my professional opinion, the reason Colton did not succeed in Boot Camp is two-fold. One, he was not allowed adequate treatment prior to entering Boot Camp as approved by Department of Corrections staff. Two, the medical decision at Boot Camp, to then discontinue the medication, Vyvanse, treatment for ADHD literally pulled the plug on Colton's neurological connections to judgment, reasoning, decision making and ability to meet his goals, which thereby exacerbated the symptoms of his mood disorder. It was my understanding, in collaboration with the Department of Corrections staff, that Colton, prior to entering Boot Camp, would be allowed time to be stabilized psychiatrically. This process was cut short. It was also my understanding in collaboration with the Department of Corrections staff, that Colton would receive the psychotropic medications prescribed by myself while attending Boot Camp. Necessary medical treatment was discontinued and, predictably, Colton failed. in summary, because Colton did not receive the medical care established to reduce his symptoms and improve his neurological functioning, he did not succeed. Not administering treatment for ADHD was and absolute precursor to his failure. He will not succeed unless he is appropriately treated for both ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Through this professional experience, at the great detriment to Colton's future, I have learned that it is the Department of Corrections policy NOT to treat the neurological disorder of ADHD, despite my attempts to assure that this would occur. Colton was motivated to be successful at Boot Camp. The medical policy of the Department of Corrections made that an impossible task
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