Posts Tagged ‘Prison’

Prison

 

 

Words fail us. We will simply re-report this story without much additional comment, except to say, something is deeply wrong with the country of my birth.

In our opinion, privately-run prisons – in the UK, America and Australia – are an abrogation of the State’s duty of care and an ongoing blight on humanity. Let us just say this. This woman is clearly a highly needful and unwell person. She shouldn’t be in prison at all, she should be receiving social support and be in a rehabilitation and redirection program. This is typical of Britain in 2013, and it’s a damn disgrace. A civlised, so-called Christian society is measured by how it treats its weakest and most damaged individuals.

For shame, Britain, for shame.

Story begins:

A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.

Although a nurse was present when remand prisoner Nadine Wright, 37, lost her baby, she says the foetus was left with her afterwards and that she had to clean up the blood.

Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.

“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”

The incident allegedly took place the day after Wright was taken into custody at HMP Peterborough on 23 November. It was not revealed in court how many months pregnant she was.

Mr Gibbs told the court that Wright had landed in prison after she stole £13.94 worth of food out of desperate hunger as she did not have the money to pay for it because she had not been given benefit payments she was entitled to.

The alleged incident came to light when Wright appeared for sentencing for breach of two court orders in place following previous offences by shoplifting the items and failing to attend appointments with the probation service.

Wright pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months’ jail.

Mr Gibbs also attacked the probation service, accusing it of failure to help Wright to receive any benefit payments during the 11 months she was under its supervision.

Wright has mental health issues, had been battling long term heroin addiction and had recently lost her mother, as well as being pregnant when she was arrested, Mr Gibbs explained.

He said an investigation into Ms Wright’s alleged mistreatment would now be carried out by her legal representatives.

HMP Peterborough is a category B privately-run prison managed by Sodexo Justice Services.

The company was contacted for a comment but a spokesperson said it “cannot comment publicly on individual cases”, and would not reveal whether an inquiry following the alleged incident is being carried out.

“A prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a GP the following day,” the spokesperson said.

“We have a duty of care to all prisoners that we hold. As part of that, we ensure that all prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”

A case where the punishment uniquely and perfectly fits the crime.

A case where the punishment uniquely and perfectly fits the crime.

Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, 63, serves as an example of why the private prison industry can do more harm than good.

Ciavarella worked alongside owners of private juvenile facilities to ensure that the prison remained occupied. More prisoners equated to more profits for the owners of the prison.

As a result, Ciavarella would sentence offenders with small offenses to months and, at times, years behind bars. He once sentenced a teen to three months in jail for creating a MySpace page that mocked her school’s assistant principal. Ciavarella also sentenced another teen to 90 days in jail after a simple schoolyard fight.

But after a federal investigation, it was discovered that Ciavarella and his colleague, Judge Michael Conahan, received more than $2.6 million from privately run youth centers owned by PA Child Care. In 2011, Ciavarella was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was also forced to pay $1 million in restitution.

Once Ciavarella was convicted, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed out an astonishing 4,000 convictions issued by the judge.

Ciavarella appealed to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to have his 28-year sentence overturned. But on July 25, the court denied his request.

Ciavarella’s attorneys may attempt to appeal the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Whilst we have frequently railed against “justice denied”, we frankly wouldn’t be distressed if it took a long, long time to consider any such appeal.

Is it not unfathomable that people can be this wicked? But the facts show that human depravity frequently knows no bounds. Can one imagine the grief and distress caused, not only to the non-criminals thus sentenced, but also to the shocked families and friends?

It hardly bears thinking about.