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prisoners rights

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Petition to The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau

Improve Health Care in Canadian Prisons!

Prisoners in Canada are suffering and dying due to inadequate health care.  Many prisoners report long waits (up to years) for medical attention, misdiagnoses, poor pain management, a lack of mental health support, as well as difficult living conditions including sweltering heat in the summer,  cold in the winter, poor quality food, disturbing noise levels, restrictive communication with families and more. On several occasions, the Correctional Investigator (CI) has raised serious questions about the quality of health care and diagnostic processes in federal prisons without any adequate changes from Correctional Services Canada (CSC). The release of healthy individuals from prisons is important to public health. Prison health is public health! Although this petition focuses on the federal prison system, the substance of these recommendations should also be implemented within prisons under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, in which prisoners also regularly experience poor health care. This petition calls on the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau to mandate the Hon. Ralph Goodale, the Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott, and the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould to work together to ensure those in Canadian prisons have full access to health care that meets the requirements of the World Health Organization’s Prison Health Policy guidelines, the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the UN’s Bangkok Rules. This includes decent and compassionate health care of prisoners with respect to their dignity and human rights (note 1). Specifically, we call on the federal government to: 1.  Ensure that all prisoners have access to: o   full yearly physical and dental examinations based on a standard protocol for all prisoners in Canadian correctional institutions; o   prompt professional medical appointments leading to swift diagnoses and treatment of potentially serious conditions, such as cancer; o   prompt professional medical appointments, treatment, and support, which must include eye care, dental care, mental health care, and medical care for chronic and episodic conditions such as HIV and AIDS, hepatitis C virus (HCV), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and others; o   palliative care and simple, swift compassionate release when terminally ill; o   culturally specific and holistic treatment in support of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023; 2.  Ensure conditions that protect and enhance health by not violating protections against cruel and unusual punishment under the Charter or international human rights law. This would, in effect, reduce the number of prisoners in each prison (note 2). 3.  Transfer responsibility for the health of prisoners to community health care services away from correctional authorities.  This is important because the prison system does not meet  acceptable standards of care because of a lack of health resources and conflicts between healthcare and security protocols; 4.  Fund community health care services to be able to provide health care services to prisoners and fund the training of community health care personnel in the provision of health care in the prison context, including the legal obligation to ensure equivalent quality health care for prisoners; 5.  Support the rotation of health care personnel between working with prisoners and working with the public outside prisons; 6.  Ratify Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, and implement its mechanisms for monitoring places of detention; 7.  Establish panels of independent specialist physicians and nurses to carry out mortality reviews on prisoners who die while in the custody or control of Correctional Services Canada; 8.  Be accountable for implementing recommendations made by the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including by mandating publicly provided detailed rationale in the event any recommendations are not implemented within given time frames. This petition has been launched by the families of David Huxtable and Peter Collins. Both suffered extreme pain and died of cancer following a lack of adequate medical care and medical attention by Correctional Services Canada. Although this petition focuses on the federal prison system, these recommendations should also be implemented within prisons under provincial and territorial jurisdiction, in which prisoners also regularly experience poor health care. This petition is raised in the names of all prisoners who have suffered and died under inadequate health care in all prisons everywhere. Thank you for signing and circulating this petition both within and outside of Canada. Please go to the facebook page if you would like to connect more with us: https://www.facebook.com/Improve‐Health‐Care‐in‐Canadian‐Prisons‐Petition‐165516223988583/ The recommendations listed in this petition are endorsed by:The John Howard Society of Canada: http://www.johnhoward.ca/ The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies:                  http://www.caefs.ca/ Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network:http://www.aidslaw.ca/ St. Leonard's Society of Canadahttp://www.stleonards.ca/Rittenhouse: A New Vision:                             http://www.rittenhouseanewvision.com/ PASAN: http://www.pasan.org/ Prison Lives USA: https://prisonlives.com/ International CURE: http://www.curenational.org/ The West Coast Prison Justice Society: https://prisonjustice.org/about/ South Riverdale Community Health Centre https://www.srchc.ca/ Professor Terri Leclercq: http://www.prisongrievances.com/ Prison Justice Film Festival: https://prisonjusticefilm.wordpress.com/about/ St. Leonard's Society of North Vancouverhttp://halfwayhouses.ca/en/region/bcyhha/facility/st_leonards_of_north_vancouver/Journal of Prisoners on Prisonshttp://www.jpp.org/ Criminalization and Punishment Education Projecthttp://cp-ep.org/Writing Across WallsRestoring Dignity and Hope  Note 1:  Particularly via the use of ss. 29, 81, 84, 85, 86 and 87 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, accompanied by adequate funding as required. Note 2:  By the use of ss. 29, 81, 84, 85, 86 and 87 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, accompanied by funding as required. References UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners including clear health guidelines latest revision 17 December 2015 (The Nelson Mandela Rules):http://16889-presscdn-0-48.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/1957/06/ENG.pdf The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023:http://www.who.int/medicines/publications/traditional/trm_strategy14_23/en/ Corrections and Conditional Release Act:http://www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-44.6/FullText.html UN Bangkok Rules:https://www.unodc.org/documents/justice-and-prison-reform/Bangkok_Rules_ENG_22032015.pdf  “Providing Better Health Services in Prisons can Help Improve Lives”:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/fiona-kouyoumdjian/providing-better-health-s_b_7543884.html WHO Guide to the essentials in prison health:http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/99018/E90174.pdf?ua=1 Article in Canadian Medical Association Journal: (This is still the case.)http://www.cmaj.ca/content/185/6/E249Recording by Peter Collins about David B. (not the David mentioned in this petition) who died of cancer while in prison before Peter himself was diagnosed with cancer:http://pengraphics.altervista.org/Audio/20120721PeterLetterToOntarioCoronerOffice.mp3 Open letter to Justin Trudeau from prisoners demanding changes, including in health care:https://demandprisonschange.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/dear-liberal-government/ Articles giving details of the lack of care given to Peter Collins:http://cowstongue.com/2015/09/17/healthcare-in-the-csc/http://cowstongue.com/2015/09/22/palliative-care-in-the-csc/ “Report gives diagnosis of poor health in Canadian Prisons.”:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/report-gives-diagnosis-of-poor-health-in-canadian-prisons/article29226606/ 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including a large section on health care:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/annrpt/annrpt20142015-eng.aspx#s3 2015/2016 Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, including a section on health care:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/pdf/annrpt/annrpt20152016-eng.pdf “An Investigation of the Correctional Service of Canada’s Mortality Review Process”:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/pdf/oth-aut/oth-aut20131218-eng.pdf In the Dark: An Investigation of Death in Custody Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices in Federal Corrections - Final Report. August 2, 2016:http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/cnt/rpt/oth-aut/oth-aut20160802-eng.aspx The College of Family Physicians in Canada – Prison Health Program Committee- resource:http://www.cfpc.ca/Prison_Health_What_s_New/

Dale Huxtable
687 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Xina Bolden, Michael Sexton

Human Rights For Charles Manson

It has once again become apparent that there is a scandalous lack of administrative oversight at California State Prison Corcoran, with regards to the daily care, well-being, and medical treatment of Charles Manson. The application of rules and regulations in a torturous and punitive manner against Mr. Manson has been a continuing issue at CSP Corcoran; now illustrated dramatically by the hours-long use of an eight point strap-restraint tie down on the 82-year-old Manson, during his most recent medical procedure. The regulations in place for the CDCR are prohibited by law from being applied in a corrupt or punitive fashion by any staff or administration personnel, who, after all, are paid and supported by our own tax dollars. The public and the worldwide media are hereby notified once again, that certain CSP staff are hiding behind a false "good guy" mask in order to illegally punish and harass Mr. Manson. CM has the highest inmate privilege-group rating, but is being kept in a cell in the prison medical wing 24 hours a day. His only option for leaving his cell is a one hour "walk alone" outside, on a fenced concrete pad. Friends and supporters of Charles Manson, both international and American, are now demanding that this discriminatory treatment be halted immediately. In order to avoid another Federal oversight-panel investigation, which consequentially revoked CSP Corcoran's hospital license due to multiple lapses in effective patient care the last time it convened: CSP administration must immediately stop all harassment and discrimination against Mr. Manson, and cease any callous indifference towards his treatment, rights, and requirements.

Human Rights
1,141 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Charlie Baker

Support my son Arnie King by signing his petition to commute the life (without parole) sentence so that he can become eligible for parole release.

This is important because Arnie is requesting a 6th public hearing. Governor Patrick rejected a 6-0 favorable vote in 2008, and Arnie was granted another hearing in October 2010. Two months after the hearing, a police officer was killed by a lifer on parole. The governor then fired 5 parole board members and selected replacements. After that, Arnie received an unfavorable vote in March 2011, and he was denied another hearing request in March 2013. Arnie is responsible for killing a man in 1971, when he was 18 and had been drinking and drugging for several days. He has been clean for over 30 years now, obtained 3 college degrees, successfully completed more than 2 dozen weekend furloughs, participated in and created many support, rehabilitation, and education programs, and he remains very active in community service. Based on his age, the number of years he has served in prison, his level of educational achievement, and his community service while inside prison, Arnie is no longer a risk for danger to society. Over the years he has formed many significant bonds with people who are high achievers, and they support his reentry as a contributing member to society, including offers of employment and the prospects of becoming a taxpayer rather than costing the state $50,000/annually. Here are a few examples of support shown at Arnie's public hearings over the past 7 years: Charles Ogletree (Professor, Harvard Law), I have never seen anyone transform their life the way he has in the more than 40 years of service in prison. Gloria Fox (State Representative), I believe he is a changed man … and we support this commutation. Mel King (Professor Emeritus/MIT), What we need to see in this world is epitomized by Arnie and his change and behavior…    Jill Soffiyah Elijah (Attorney), How many youth counselors have I met regularly, who have been impacted by Mr. King! Reverend William Dickerson (Greater Love Tabernacle), Arnie King is not the average inmate.  He doesn’t play games.  He is sincere. Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond (Bethel AME), I appreciate that he inspires young people to make the right choices and not simply scare them.  We really need the voice and presence of Arnie King. Eva Clark (Executive Director, Judge Banks Community Justice Program), Nothing short of catastrophic illness would prevent me from being here today to support Arnie King. Lyn Levy (Executive Director, SPAN, Inc.), I met Arnie in 1976 and I will be one of the people holding his hand.  Our agency will help him also. Dr. Fran Roznowski (Community Psychologist), I have known Arnie since 1979, and I will be joining many others to have his back. Robin Casarjian (Executive Director, Lion Heart Foundation), For 15 years, he showed up with a sense of purpose and encouraged other prisoners to participate in group activities. Bob David (Side By Side Community Circle), Of the large numbers of disciplinary reports, some may be questionable, while other were earned. Paul Marcus (Executive Director, Community Change Inc.), What Arnie’s life means to me is the power of transformation, and society needs to see this example. Abrigal Forrester (Street Safe Boston), I’m here as a product of Arnie King.  Hope – Lifeline – Redemption.  He engaged the ignorance within me and told me I had value. Peter McGuane (Student, Truck Driver), I was in for involuntary manslaughter, and he got me active with Prison Voices, which I continued upon release.  I’m honored to be here for Arnie. Paule Verdet (Professor Emeritus/BU), It’s a way of life for Arnie.  He is a superb model. Becky Thompson (Professor/Simmons College), Recognizing Mr. King as a man worthy of commutation, no one benefits if the policy exists theoretically but is never granted. Felix Arroyo, Sr. (former Boston City Councillor), The first time I met Mr. King, I was with his brother.  I wondered about him and found a calm person, at peace with himself.  We have a recourse… ‘cause I know it will help our community. Nancy Murray (ACLU), Why is the community present?  We are interested in redemption… He couldn’t bring back the life, but he would do what he could to try to prevent others from going down that path. George Lee (Community Organizer), I heard a lot about him.  He wasn’t about tooting his own horn.  He was present for young folks and the other men. Seth Kirshenbaum (Director, The City School), Having Arnie with us in the community will help save young lives, and we have a job or volunteer opportunity for him. Banjineh Brown (Boston School Teacher), He works with prevention.  The “Arnie” factor is about redemption, and we use him as a case study.  He is an entrepreneur activist. Jason Lydon (Minister), Through Barbed Wire has been quite active at the Community Church of Boston. Aaron Tanaka (Boston Workers Alliance), I hope you will see his deep commitment to change and rehabilitation. Dianne Zimbabwe (Community Artist/Educator), My involvement with Through Barbed Wire allows me to witness the positive impact of Arnie’s community endeavors. Myriam Ortiz (Executive Director, Boston Parents Organizing Network), Arnie King has been an asset to us and students benefit from his example. Daniel King (Brother), I was a 16 year old teenager in 1971.  We have prayed for the family of John Labanara for comfort and peace, and we hope for their forgiveness. Marva King (Sister), It matters that we heal together. Eddie Berkin (Attorney), People are much more friends than supporters.  Because they are friends, they are also supporters. Margaret Burnham (Attorney), Your legal obligation is to review and decide whether this man has made exceptional strides in development. Walt Silva, Ed D  (Professor Emeritus/BU), Arnie is the classic example of prison injustice gone way over the top. He's jumped through every hoop, made every effort to contribute to the community from behind bars more than anyone else that I have known in my 25 years involved in prison higher education, and remains in prison at a cost of what - $60,000 + a year when he could be out contributing and paying taxes with zero threat to anyone?                                                                                                                 I have written to Governor Patrick more than once, concerning parole in general and Arnie specifically. If Arnie King doesn't qualify for commutation, then who does? It sends a sad message back to the prison population. If Arnie doesn't get a consideration, what's the sense of trying? But I'm sure Arnie doesn't feel that way, and will continue to keep contributing from behind bars. Imagine what he could do if he were out. He's paid his dues several times over. Arnie is the 3rd of 9 children through which many grandchildren and great grandchildren are a major part of this family circle. I complete 82 years of living this month, full of tremendous joys and blessings. However, this journey will be incomplete until I’m able to welcome Arnie’s return to the world community. My son has been inside Massachusetts prisons for the 1971 murder of another human being. He was 18, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, in Boston, and responsible for the death of this young man. Our entire family-and-friends network was devastated, as well as that of the Labanara family. After Arnie was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, without parole, I traveled to Massachusetts with his younger brothers and sisters to visit him in the maximum security prison. I told him that “God would not forsake him and neither would our family-and-friends community”. Arnie has grown, matured, and progressed during this lengthy period of imprisonment. He obtained 3 college degrees, created major rehabilitative programs within the prison and offered services to communities beyond the walls. He has been encouraged by many people, while inspiring the success of others. By examining the volumes of documents, transcripts, and opinions, it will become clear - the need to support the eventual release of my son. God Bless and One Love! Please sign the petition and encourage your family members and friends to support this effort. - Mary King

Mary King
438 supporters