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AUGUST is AWARENESS Month
NACDL - Liberty's Last Champions, Guardians of the Constitution on August 1st.
HEALTH - Issues in Prison
WEALTH - Welcome Home Work from Home
CRIMINAL JUSTICE- the system effecting JUVENILE RIGHTS - BOUGHT and SOLD
The statistics are high when it comes to individuals with mental illness that come in contact with the criminal justice system. With the inmate count at over 400,000 in our jails and state prisons and another 800,000 on probation and parole (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009). The outcome is usually a tragic one. Showing that traditional courts are an ineffective use of law enforcement, courts, tax payer’s money; failure in linking the mentally ill to effective treatment; and the lack of improvement to the public’s safety.
With the percentage at 16.9% (men at 14.5% and women at 31%) most of these individuals suffer with severe mental illness (SMI), such as major depression, bipolar and schizophrenia, they are at risk for repeat minor offenses. The U.S. Department of Justice did a study finding and reported that half of all jail, state prison and federal inmates with mental illness have 3 to 4 prior convictions as they make their way back into the system. In saying this, it just adds to the continuous problems these individuals are constantly faced with.
Many traditional courts and correction facilities are unable to provide the much needed mental health treatment to connect individuals with effective treatment processes in their community, considering they have cut 4.35 billion dollars in funding across all states. So when released from incarceration they will have a better chance in society and less likely of being a repeat offender.
Join me Thursday nite at 7pm CT Nov 21st to discuss the Mental Health Court Systems compared to the traditional court systems that our mentally ill face time and time again for crimes that can be prevented if proper treatment was available.
Talking about the recent cases of police brutality, the killing of two Black men, Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Reading from my collection of poetry about police misconduct, "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats."
"Sometimes Blue Kights Wear Black Hats:" is a collection of poetry about law enforcement excesses. Most of the poems were inspired by actual cases from around the country. The author did not set out to compile a collection of these poems, but more and more, nearly every day, another case of law enforcement's excessive use of force was reported in the Media. The author also did not set out to demonize law enforcement, but focused on those cases where things went terribly wrong, for a number or reasons.
Join us on Sunday August 24, 2014 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. (EST) for another enjoyable episode of WORDS MAKE PEOPLE with your host Michael "Mikal" Saahir along with Co-Host Sisters Sabrina Kaba and Tysha Ahmad and Brother Mustafaa Abdullah.
WORDS MAKE PEOPLE addresses current events from an Islamic perspective.
Our two main topics on August 3rd will be:
1. Discuss Imam Saahir's Jumah topic: Maintaining the masjid inside of you.
2. The Roots of Criminal Justice Problems for African-Americans: With Judge David Shaheed.
3. Review Imam Saahir's column in The Indianapolis Recorder, (America's 4th oldest African American newspaper) column titled: "Culture of Living" Needed to Stop the Violence.
Additionally we'll review the situation in Gaza and the killing of African American males while in police custody.
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