Stop Placing Kids in Abusive Programs!
Wyoming's Department of Family Services and Department of Education are placing children in private fraudulent and abusive programs paid for with public monies. We are calling on the State of Wyoming to: 1. Stop all out of state placements of Wyoming children and youth. Right now, Wyoming is placing children in Benchmark Behavioral Health Systems in Utah, The National Deaf Academy in Florida, the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School in Utah, and many others on human rights watch-lists such as those listed at www.heal-online.org/thelist.htm. Source: http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/social-services/dfs-wde-approved-court-ordered-youth-treatment-facilities 2. Mandate licensing and regulation of any and all residential and wilderness (out-of-home) youth programs and facilities and close down Mount Carmel Youth Ranch aka Triangle Cross Ranch aka Bear Tooth Mountain Ascent and its sister facility Trinity Teen Solutions. 3. Outlaw the use of Aversive Therapies on minors. 4. Remove exemptions from regulation for faith-based residential service providers. Institutionalized abuse is a national crisis and State governments should not be placing kids in abusive programs nor sending them out of state where no real oversight can be provided to protect the child's interest and safety. Wyoming must begin acting responsibly and must be held accountable for placing Wyoming children in abusive programs. No more tax dollars for child exploitation and abuse!
Provide Proper Care, If Not Freedom, For Cheryl Killion
Cheryl Killion is currently incarcerated at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Her inmate (DOC) number is 155692. In 1993, Ms. Killion was a victim of domestic violence and was on prescription anti-depressants. Killion’s 3-year old daughter found and took some of the anti-depressants without Killion’s knowledge or consent and was hospitalized due to an adverse reaction. Killion was charged with child endangerment due to negligence. Killion received 5-years probation for the charges at that time. Following the sentence of probation, Killion was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, raped, and stabbed. He also burned her house down. She took her child and ran to the Northwest to get help from a family friend that assisted her in legally changing her name and starting a new life out of harm’s way. She feared for the safety of herself and her child. So, she ran. In running from the clear and present danger presented by her ex-boyfriend, she had violated the terms of her probation. So, a warrant was issued for her arrest. Decades later, Killion was arrested in Oregon and transported back to Colorado for violating her probation. Her daughter, now an adult and serving in the U.S. military and in good health is fine. But, based on a mistake from many years ago, Killion is now locked up in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. In addition, Cheryl Killion has myasthenia gravis. For more information on this disease, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001731/. For many years, Killion has been in and out of the hospital due to respiratory failure. She requires proper medical care and treatment. She is not getting this at this time. She has gone through all the proper channels to request medical parole and proper medical care. In the meantime, heat and other adverse prison conditions are aggravating her condition. She has requested a fan to help with the heat and is still waiting on approval. We, the American People, ask that you provide Ms. Killion proper medical care and alleviate some of the adverse conditions aggravating her health condition by providing her with a fan. We also ask that you grant her clemency, or in the least, medical parole so she can get the care she needs. Ms. Killion is a survivor of domestic abuse and institutional abuse. She spent much of her youth in Bethesda Home for Girls in Mississippi. This program was notoriously abusive and associated with the Bethel Boys Academy, also now closed. She deserves a chance at life free from institutionalized abuse and with those who love and care for her. Please, give her the medical care she needs and make sure she survives to spend time with those she loves and whom love her again.