TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIEDPublished: May 31, 2019Share | Print This SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIEDPublished: May 31, 2019Share | Print This SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT RECORD $6.75M AFTER COPS DEPRIVED MAN OF WATER FOR 7 DAYS UNTIL HE DIED
Published: May 31, 2019
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SOURCE: MATT AGORIST @ THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT

(Support Free Thought) - As TFTP reported in 2017, a jury found probable cause to bring criminal charges against seven jailhouse employees in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas for cutting off the water to his cell until he died of dehydration. Since then, three of the officers were found guilty and handed down insultingly low sentences. And now, the taxpayers are taking the brunt of the responsibility as Thomas’ family receives a $6.75 million settlement.

“It reflects the callous disregard for Terrill Thomas’ life,” Ed Budge, a Seattle-based attorney who was part of the legal team representing Thomas’ estate told CNN on Wednesday. “We are satisfied that the settlement reflects the atrociousness of what happened, and it’s an appropriate result for this case.”

During an inquest in 2017, multiple inmates testified that they heard the 38-year-old beg for water—for days. After being locked in a cage with no water for seven days, Thomas finally died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What were these idiot jail employees thinking?!?

What was the psychological "win" here, and why did they feel it was "necessary" against this particular inmate?!>?

That the brutal "insanity factor" of what they were doing, did not ring alarm bells with senior employees, reflects very poorly on a system which, in its essence, encourages recidivism, and insures that a big, fat budget for a system which cannot, and will not, work for rehabilitation, continues.

As most of you who read this blog understand, I have a "hug and a punch" relationship with the film maker Michael Moore. (and Michael, just to relieve you from any possible anxiety, my "punch" is a gentle arm on your shoulder- i do not hurt people, period, end of discussion).

But his film "Who do we Invade Next?!?" was brilliant. And in one of the segments, he goes to a Swedish prison on an island. The architect who created the facility, made it seem more like a dorm, than a prison. The constant goal is rehabilitation, not punishment.

The deep, open intellectual and moral wound, in American prisons, is that we have made the choice to punish, but not to rehabilitate.

And the recidivism rate from US and Federal prisons, just... sucks, of course assuring that there are big, fat, budgets which do absolutely nothing toward rehabilitation, in the American prison system.

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism:
A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)Five in 6 (83%) state prisoners released in 2005 FIGURE 1
across 30 states were arrested at least once during Annual arrest percentage of prisoners released in the 9 years following their release. Te remaining 30 states in 2005
17% were not arrested afer release during the 9-year Percent of released prisoners follow-up period. 50
About 4 in 9 (44%) prisoners released in 2005 were
arrested at least once during their first year after release 40
figure 1). About 1 in 3 (34%) were arrested during
their third year after release, and nearly 1 in 4 (24%) 30
were arrested during their ninth year.

These numbers should be a massive embarrassment to the Federal and State Governments, but apparently, are not.

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