Neglect in NC Central Prison
Central Prison changes way of dealing with mentally ill inmates – News & Observer
Letter from Secretary Young and Chief Deputy Secretary Lancaster – Thank you for participation on Advisory Committee
State Withdraws RFP for Privatizing Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Beds – see stories below
GEO Care confirms it won’t pursue hospital
Update: State continues talks with GEO Care about High Point mental hospital
Please read these articles below for more on the issue.
What can you do?
- Read and familiarize yourself with the Petition for a Redress of Grievances
- Write an editorial on how we must improve prison conditions and hold our leaders accountable
- Contact your newspaper asking that they print the petition for redress in their local paper
- Tell your story especially if it involves a criminal justice encounter with a loved one, when you call your paper
- Write your legislators
- In short- make a lot of noise!!
- Share your ideas with the NAMI North Carolina office – 800-451-9682
What else is NAMI North Carolina doing?
- We are contacting NAMI to see if they can assist
- We are working on a press release
- Deby Dihoff, NAMI NC Executive Director, plans to ask for a meeting with the Governor and the Secretary of Corrections, Alvin Keller
- Deby Dihoff personally worked on rewriting the prison rules which passed the Commission but are awaiting a fiscal note. Ironically, those updates contain much of what is needed to clean up this mess.
- Thoughts on having a simultaneous WALK around the state to protest this state of things?
What exactly is the Petition of Redress of Grievance?
- Article One of the US Constitution guarantees the right of people to ask the government to provide relief for a wrong through the courts or other governmental action
- No need for signatures or that kind of thing that we usually think about with petitions
- No definition of number of people to be involved
- Essentially, this is a method for getting government to act to correct the wrongs for which they must be held accountable
Finally- let us know how it is going! We hope by next week to see a huge growth in the number of newspaper articles, and we hope to have an appointment to meet with the Governor.