Friday, January 24, 2014

In South Carolina, mentally ill inmates are stripped of clothes and mattresses and placed in cells often caked with human waste and blood

"Jerome Laudman wasn’t known for being an aggressive or violent prisoner, but he had been a difficult one. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, mental retardation and a speech impediment, he could test a correctional officer’s last nerve."

"Laudman’s Super-Max cell likely was vile when he got there — Super-Max isn’t known for housekeeping — but when neighboring inmates summoned prison personnel to check on him 11 days later by banging on the walls and hollering, the odor from his cell was so rank that corrections officers refused to enter. Opening the cell door, they saw Laudman on the cement floor — inert, unresponsive, naked, facedown in feces and vomit, drawing shallow breaths amid Styrofoam plates of rotten moldy food."

"Disgusted, the guards and even the nurses refused to touch Laudman, according to court records. Instead, they sent for inmates to get him on a gurney. By the time Laudman arrived at Sumter’s Tuomey Hospital, his core temperature indicated hypothermia. A few hours later, he died of a heart attack."

A South Carolina prison is no place for the mentally ill.  Laudman's story is just one of many in this disturbing article by Porter Barron Jr. in Free Times.

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