|After seven years of hard work, the UNION finally educated enough people
so that the Inspector General's Office was forced to make their one and
only responsible ruling to date. Many people died due to the overcrowding
and careless double celling of the mentally ill. This was the first
time CDC was called on this terrible practice
If the taxpayers only knew that they are spending billions to punish the mentally ill and addicts, who are endangering the public safety as a result of becoming much sicker in prisons and jails than before they were incarcerated.
No doubt Mr. Blaylock will be prosecuted for acting out his illness. There is still much work to be done on this issue but the UNION folks should feel proud of what they achieved here, The mentally ill do not belong in prisons at all. The good people of the States of Washington and Oregon are working to get them into more healing facilities.
Well done! Your writing, protesting and recruiting was finally heard.
B. Cayenne Bird
San Bernardino Sun
Report: Inmate untreated
Documents show slaying suspect lacked mental- health care
By Mason Stockstill, Staff Writer
CHINO - Confidential documents from the Department of Corrections show the prisoner accused of killing a correctional officer at the California Institution for Men did not get adequate mental- health care while at the prison. Jon Christopher Blaylock, an inmate with an unspecified mental- health condition, is accused of killing Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez, who was stabbed to death at the prison Jan. 10.
The revelation that Blaylock's mental condition was not properly addressed adds to the already long list of problems that contributed to Gonzalez's death, according to various accounts.
"Once again, we have a case of a day late and a dollar short, with the (Department of Corrections) not taking into account the mental illness,' said John Ferrone, an attorney for the Gonzalez family. "This just confirms my previously held belief that the department acted with deliberate indifference.'
The Department of Corrections recently crafted a corrective action plan outlining changes for CIM that are intended to clean up problems identified after the killing.
The plan states that a critical investigative report on the killing found the prison had "failed to adequately address' Blaylock's mental illness.
"Delivery of medical services has been a chronic problem with (the Department of Corrections), particularly in the mental-health arena,' said Martin Aroian, president of the CIM chapter of the correctional officers' union. "That has been coming to light ... for a significant period of time, long before the incident with Blaylock.'
In March, the state's Office of Inspector General released a laundry list of issues at the prison that led to Gonzalez's killing.
The report did not detail anything related to Blaylock's mental condition because inmates' medical records are confidential. However, the plan obtained by the Daily Bulletin, The Sun's sister newspaper, outlines the OIG's recommendations for improving mental- health care at the prison.
Among those recommendations are: review policies that "hinder the timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment of inmates' and "use court procedures to compel mentally ill inmates to take their prescribed medications.'
The plan does not state that those particular problems led to Gonzalez's death, and Deputy Inspector General Brett Morgan would not comment specifically on the findings related to Blaylock's mental condition.
But he said the report's recommendations were created specifically in response to the killing.
"We really limited it to CIM and the Officer Gonzalez homicide, and tried to find whatever we could that may have precipitated that tragedy,' he said.
Officials have previously said numerous other factors played a role in Gonzalez's death, including protective vests not being distributed to officers, cells not being adequately searched for weapons, threats on officers not being reported and prisoners being housed in lower-security settings than they should have been.
The prison's warden and two chief deputy wardens were fired for allowing the conditions that led to the killing, and at least two other officers at the prison are under investigation.