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  • 01:44

    CA In Crisis--Concern Continues At Coalinga, Metropolitan & Stockton Facilities

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    Problems at California's state-run facilities climb, despite the much-anticipated new Stockton Prison that accepted its first inmates last July. In six short months, the complex became home to nearly 1,300 men with various medical concerns.

    The Stockton facility was developed to reduce prison crowding elsewhere and bring inmate medical care up to constitutional standards. It was opened as a result of lawsuits that showed neglectful health care under CDCR. Prison medical operations have since been managed by Receiver J. Clark Kelso.

    Kelso hoped Stockton would be the CDCR's first step toward a permanent solution to its unconstitutionally dangerous health conditions statewide.
    CDCR was s confident in the Stockton project, they've tried to persuade courts to return control of the prison system to them since January 2013. However, their confidence was premature.

    Due to numerous health & safety issues, Stockton halted admissions as of last week. Inmates' lawyers inspected the sprawling facility after learning of a patient death January 8th. The man bled to death in his bed while calling repeatedly for help.

    Some of the more serious issues include:
    - a scabies outbreak
    -men w/ the wrong sized catheters lying in their own feces all night
    - broken wheelchairs
    - injured inmates assisting the more infirmed w/transport throughout buildings
    - lack of clean towels forcing men to dry themselves with dirty linens
    - serious staff shortages preventing bathroom breaks

    The concerns at Stockton are sadly not unlike those at Coalinga State Hospital since 2005. Howrver, conditions hsve worsened for CSH residents. They're increasingly fearful as staff members continue to exercise their authority using unnecessary force. Patient abuse is becoming routine and stress levels are high for all men residing at the facility. The crisis continues...


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  • 01:41

    Patient Hunger Strike at Coalinga State Hospital

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    Listen to one patient describe how poor conditions & poor treatment at Coalinga State Hospital led to his desperate act - a hunger strike. Also, we'll have an update on the condition of patient Joseph Gentile following the serious incident on December 9th where staff/officers injured him seriously. The incident causing him an alleged skull fracture that left him bloody and unconscious on the floor. Gentile was sent to a local hospital where CSH News was told he was unconscious/comatose for more than a week, lifeless in a bed on the Intensive Care wing. We're told he will be returning to CSH soon.


    Then, learn more about involuntary civil commitment on tonight's show with a pipular feature: CSH 101.

  • 02:01

    Sex Offender Reintegration

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    This week, we'll discuss reintegration. Once deemed a "sex offender" or worse, a "sexually violent predator," how can you start over as a member of society? Most go through this process alone. But in recent years, programs.have been popping up all over the world & in several U.S. states.


    We'll discuss the difficult process of reingrating without help. See this experience through the eyes of Derek Logue, Author of Once Fallen. His life after incarceration and the many difficulties he faced led to activism. He then wrote the book, detailing his struggles. Derek's detailed web site is at: OnceFallen.com. You may also purchase his book here.


    We will also delve into a successful reintegration program that's near Coalinga State Hospital. Circles of Support and Accountability or COSA got its start in Canada and now has successful branches in the UK as well as in MN, among others. Our guest Frank Juarez has worked with COSA in Fresno, CA and will discuss his experiences. Please visit COSA Fresno at http://peace.fresno.edu/cosa/.


    Join us for this informative show--find out what can happen when the community & volunteers help the newly freed men find their place in society. What a difference it can make for all involved! Note: In the coming months, CSH News will be highlighting other similar programs. If there's one you'd like to see on the show, please email us using the link at the top of CSHNews.com.

  • 01:32

    Is There Diagnosis/Treatment at Coalinga State Hospital?

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    On this episode, we discuss diagnostic and treatment issues. Is the state of California truly diagnosing and treating men who are involuntarily committed to Coalinga State Hospital (CSH)? Were the men living at CSH given proper evaluations before they were civilly committed? Why wasn't there any psychological testing, such as a structured screening instrument, to determine whether they were mentally ill? How does the state decide who is committed?
    Were the men appropriately evaluated when they were placed in Coalinga State Hospital? Without a valid psychological test, how can anyone really be considered mentally ill, or worse, deemed a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP)? If this program costs in excess of $200,000 per year, are we any better off because of it?
    In this episode, we'll hear from men residing in California's $4 billion dollar forensic hospital for sex offender treatment. We'll delve into how they came to be there, and what "treatment" really means in a facility where release is extremely rare.
    News/Views: In addition to tonight's topic, each episode may also discuss currents events and information provided by people who either reside or work at CSH. Join us for this important show as we learn more about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.
     

  • 01:55

    Civil Detention 101 - The Truth Behind Coalinga State Hospital

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    Ever wonder how places like Coalinga State Hospital come to be? Or, how people who have served their time in prison & should be free are instead sent to places like this? How can California afford a "forensic hospital" that isn't really treating anyone currently? What benefits does this facility provide for the outrageous cost of over $250k per person per year?


    California is one of 20 states that lock people up on the possibility of future crimes. That does not include the federal law that also locks people in these facilities. Since 2005, CSH has spent over $3 billion dollars of taxpayer money. Adding it up, the money spent on 'future crime prevention' is astronomically high, yet no one is talking about this issue! How can that be? More importantly, how can we survive the current financial crisis we're experiencing with prison-like hospitals becoming the norm? Is the greed of the few worth the sacrifice of the U.S. Constitution? In the name of protecting people from future crimes, both federal and state law are eroding civil rights all the time. Should a crystal ball decide their fate, your fate... anyone's fate, for a lifetime?


    It's time for YOU, the average person, to understand these issues. We invite everyone and anyone to join us. Ask your questions... and listen for important easy-to-understand answers. Thanks for listening!

  • 01:29

    State of Emergency at Coalinga State Hospital

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    On this episode, we continue our discussion from last week, covering the abuse, neglect and denial of treatment. The anti-therapeutic environment at Coalinga State Hospital (CSH) has put undue stress on patients, leading to serious illness including heart attacks, Valley Fever and many untimely deaths.
    Despite the fact that the population is mostly men in their 50s and beyond, they're not being provided with appropriate care on any level. Food is sub-par and there's little to no medical intervention unless you're on death's door. The slow decline of residents is shameful. Employees are adding to the stress, at times assaulting these already fragile men. (And any who express anger at the conditions are promptly removed.)
    The civil rights violations at CSH and the courts is essentially an experiment on men who are unable to escape the 'treatment' that's been thrust upon them at this unlicensed facility. They're being held against their will in an extremely punitive environment when there are more successful/less expensive outpatient programs in places like Texas.
    The men are living and dying at this hospital, and the abuses they suffer are somehow never addressed publicly. How and why is there a media blackout when it comes to CSH? And more importantly: When will the our government end this travesty of justice--finally doing something about the serious state of emergency at Coalinga State Hospital?
    News/Views: In addition to tonight's topic, each episode may also discuss currents events and information provided by people who either reside or work at CSH. Join us for this important show as we learn more about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.  

  • 02:04

    Involuntary Commitment Without Appropriate Diagnosis?

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    On this episode, we discuss how/why people are placed in Coalinga State Hospital, a penitentiary-style forensic facility. Were the 1500 involuntarily committed men at CSH given proper evaluations before they were involuntarily committed for life?
    Why wasn't there appropriate psychological testing, such as a structured screening instrument, to determine whether they had a mental illness? More importantly, how can anyone be deemed a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) without such a test, as required by law?
    We'll delve into an important topic: diagnosis. Why is it that hundreds of these men have never had their day in court? Should they even be in a treatment facility before an official judgement against them? Why does diagnosis/treatment cost $200,000 per person per year, even for those who are not deemed SVPs? Is CSH worth the nearly $4 billion spent in just 8 years? With the country in financial crisis, how can we justify the expense at facilities like this one, which diagnose/treat under 1500 people?
    As far as we've come in the US, why are we detaining the so-called mentally ill in 20 different states? Is this the start of a dangerous trend, where anyone can be called crazy & get locked up? Where are civil rights in all of this?
    Join us for this important show as we learn more about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.
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  • 02:02

    Voices of Coalinga State Hospital Are Heard

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    Men residing at the infamous institution speak out regarding retaliation, abuse and neglect. Why is the patient population of Coalinga State Hospital being treated so horrifically? Could it be that there is no "watchdog" overseeing the institution, as there is for prisons and other patients--those who are deemed mentally ill? Why isn't there a specific policy spelled out for the "SVP" population, as there is for people in prison (Title 15)? Why does it seem that the few "bad apples," whether staff or officers, are not fired--but in many cases, promoted? Why does a facility like this one have an astronomical budget (spending over $3 billion in California taxpayer dollars since  the infamous institution opened its doors), yet very little media/public information released? Is it possible--do CSH employees really not have to pass the same psychiatric exam that CDCR employees do?
    CSH News explores these important issues and more...
     

  • 01:07

    Safety Questioned at Coalinga State Hospital

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    Welcome. Our first episode is extended, to allow time for an overview of Coalinga State Hospital, its history, costs to run the facility, etc. Then, we will delve into a serious issue: safety.
    How safe are the men inside CSH? What happened in the Coalinga, CA facility on June 24, 2013? Why hasn't the hospital suspended anyone? Are patients (deemed "SVPs" or sexually violent predators) dangerous, or are they in danger?
    News/Views: In addition to tonight's topic, each episode we will also be discussing the currents events and information provided by people who either reside or work at CSH. Join us for this important show as we learn more about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.

  • 02:01

    Seclusion/Restraint of Coalinga State Hospital Patient

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    Hear from witnesses to the seclusion and restraint of a Coalinga State Hospital patient, Riccardo King, who was forcibly medicated and tied down to a bed for a few weeks. The man was unable to understand commands, yet was being verbally and physically abused. Another sad story of abuse/neglect at CSH is presented.
     
    Then, hear from a man who successfully exited CSH in 2012, when his "SVP" case was dropped in Los Angeles County court. Clem reports in and discusses his life now, in Texas.

  • 01:31

    Violations of Civil Rights at Coalinga State Hospital

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    On this episode, we discuss the bizarre way men at CSH were involuntarily hospitalized. They'll explain how the legal system was circumvented & their civil rights were violated.
    How can the system ignore a plea agreement & assign new, more stringent sentences to citizens of the U.S.? Should two doctors who each spend 3 hours max with a potential civil detainee decide if they'll be locked up for life? Could YOU be next?
    It began with sex offenders being locked up without committing any new crime, on the basis they may commit similar future acts. Now, involuntary "civil committments" have little to no end unless a good attorney's involved. In some areas, even good attorneys make release nearly impossible.
    Unbelievably, just 7 years after Coalinga State Hospital opened, a San Francisco law allowed chronic alcoholics ("inebriates") to be put away using a similar committment law. Even people who turned their lives around were locked up. The law was overturned, but where will committment laws strike next?
    What does the future hold if involuntary hospitalization is a new trend to send potential criminals to places that are often in many ways worse than prison? Did anyone believe a movie like Minority Report could be more fact than fiction? In the future, will law enforcement be tasked with anticipating/preventing crimes like this?
    News/Views: In addition to tonight's topic, each episode we will also be discussing the currents events and information provided by people who either reside or work at CSH. Join us for this important show as we learn more about life inside Coalinga State Hospital.

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