Inmates And Their Families Fight MO Department of Corrections Over Lockdown At CrossRoads – A Human Rights Disaster
The Inmates at Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo have been locked down for over 100 days now getting out of their cells for 1/2 hour a day for showers, phone calls and to order items from the commissary Monday through Friday only. Most of the inmates were in their cells when the disturbance happened yet they are being punished as well because the DOC says there have been threats made. Family members, activists and even some lawmakers know the real reason is staff shortages that will not allow the prison to be run in a safe manner.
The kitchen was damaged in the disturbance that led to the lockdown and the inmates have been eating bologna, salami and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in their cells ever since even though the kitchen is now functional. There have been continued reports from inmates that the meat is rancid and the bread is sour or even moldy. The rising tensions, aggravated by the actions of some of the guards is creating a dangerous situation. Already an older inmate in a wheelchair was beaten by a younger inmate and at last report was in Intensive Care. Citizens groups have met with the DOC Executive team and promises were made to start visiting hours, expanded time out of the cells, resumption of hot meals and more. Although a few inmates have been able to have visits the numbers are limited and some inmates have been denied the forms they must fill out to request a visit. Some of the actions by staff make it look like they are complying but the practice has been to deny rather than reward inmates for their good behavior.
Today Host Latahra Smith will be talking about phone calls she has received from inmates. She will be joined by Cara Hill and Jeanette Johnson, family members of inmates, working to put pressure on the DOC to live up to their promises about easing and then ending the lock down at Crossroads Correctional Center. She will be joined by Jasmine Battle the daughter of Bobby Battle who successfully sued the Oklahoma DOC over a similar lock down.
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The JoJR Calendar for the week of September 3rd
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presents a Criminal Justice Reform Panel: From The Inside Out. This look at the inequities of the Criminal Justice System, the causes of mass incarceration and how you can get involved in change. The presentation will begin at 2pm, Saturday September 8th at Delta Anthenaeum, 900 E Linwood Blvd, KCMO. Panelist include Mark Dupree SR, Wyandotte County District Attorney, Micah Kubic, ACLU of Kansas, Kent Gipson, Appellate Attorney, Beverly Livingston, Director Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters, Val Baul, of Best Case Scenarios and James Aldridge, Businessman, trust counselor.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, September 8th from noon to 2pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.