Kristopher Rodriguez – too ill for incarceration
Mentally ill in solitary: ‘We’re not addressing the problem, we’re making it worse’
After her son tore off his penis with his bare hands in his cell, Gemma Pena thought Florida’s prison authorities might see his illness. They’d see he needed a hospital, instead of solitary confinement.
“No,” she said. “That’s when the nightmare really started.”
Gemma Pena is in a hell that few can imagine.
She not only knows what has happened to her son in Florida prisons, she knows about the premature deaths of far too many mentally ill Florida inmates, including one recently deceased inmate the Miami Herald reported on who also suffered from schizophrenia, and whose name is too similar to Gemma’s son’s not to deepen her desperation:
One day after an officer was stabbed during a melee at Columbia Correctional Institution, an inmate who suffered from…
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