Holly Harris, head of the Justice Action Network, which advocates for criminal justice reform, said mass incarceration won't end while companies can still profit from it. In fact, private prison groups have worked endlessly to stop signature collectors trying to pull people out of prisons and jails with mental health problems.
''Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates'' is also a noteworthy subject that brought awareness to nonprofit organization Reparation for the Wrongfully Convicted Inc.'s founder, Jessica D. Johnson, BSW, MCJS, who works in a mental health hospital as a therapist. ''Our indicator is CTE symptoms which forensic neuropsychology cannot explain in modern communities. So my nonprofit organization wanted to take a closer look at the new scientific evidence for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to determine if there's a common thread linking brain injury ~ due to untreated concussions ~ to mass incarceration and recidivism. This space is uncharted. We already know that serious mental illness includes schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, manic depressive disorder, as well as severe forms of other disorders such as major depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder'' she said. However, Johnson needs more signatures on the petitions to reopen the targeted cases for a nunc pro tunc competency evaluation. Reparation for the Wrongfully Convicted Inc. definitely could do much more CTE research with funding by private philanthropy.
CTE is distinguished from the more general category of ''mental illness,'' which encompasses serious mental illness as well as other forms of mental illness. See, e.g.., E. Fuller Torrey, Aaron D. Kennard, Don Eslinger, Richard Lamb, and James Pavle, ''More Mentally Ill Persons Are in Jails and Prisons Than Hospitals: A Survey of the States,'' Treatment Advocacy Center (May 2010), available at https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/storage/documents/final_jails_v_hospitals_study.pdf
Black men and boys living with CTE symptoms within jails and prisons have potentially mutated into violent street gangs with head injuries suffered when playing youth football. That is what we'll be looking at as a direct cause for the untreated societal ills. And because the NFL through their InspireChange.org/NFL campaign to end systemic racism had pledged $250 million to help support fundamental changes, we urge all funding plus NFLPA signing Mr. Washington's petition for reopening his case.
The below excerpts come from a book entitled ''Change Your Brain Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness,'' by Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD ©1998 [Three Rivers Press, Random House Inc.]
°Introduction: Seeing is Believing
I was not a brain-imaging researcher by design... I always believed that there was a strong connection between spiritual health and mental health. Nothing in my training dissuaded me from that idea, but little did I know that the connection could go both ways.
°Chapter 1: For Those Who Have Eyes, Let Them See (Images into the Mind)
What is SPECT? An acronym for single-photon emission computer tomography, it is a sophisticated nuclear medicine study that '''looks'' directly at cerebral blood flow and indirectly at brain activity (or metabolism). In this study, a radioactive isotope (which, as we will see, is akin to myriad beacons of energy or light) is bound to a substance that is readily taken up by the cells in the brain. SPECT studies belong to a branch of medicine called nuclear medicine. Nuclear (refers to the nucleus of an unstable or radioactive atom) medicine uses radioactively tagged compounds (radiopharmaceuticals).
Nuclear medicine studies measure the physiological functioning of the body, and they can be used to diagnose a multitude of medical conditions: heart disease, certain forms of infection, the spread of cancer, and bone and thyroid disease. My own area of expertise in nuclear medicine, the Brain, uses SPECT studies to help in the diagnosis of... head trauma, dementia, atypical or unresponsive mood disorders, strokes, seizures, the impact of drug abuse or brain function, and atypical or unresponsive aggressive behavior.
°Chapter 2: Carving Knives and Tooth Fairies (A Preclude to the Brain and Behavior)
Willie was the kind of guy who got along with everyone. An A student, he had a college scholarship waiting for him, and his future seemed altogether promising -- until his head collided with a dashboard when his car accidentally hit a guardrail. Although Willie felt dazed, he seemed to be okay by the next day. Three months later he got into another accident when he swerved to avoid hitting a dog that had run out into the street. His head hit the windshield very hard, and this time he had to be sent to an emergency room.
After examining Willie, the doctor told him he had nothing to worry about ~ he had only a minor concussion. In the months that followed, however, Willie found that the '' minor concussion'' was wreaking havoc with his life. Normally a friendly person, he found himself suddenly losing his temper at the smallest things. His whole attitude and demeanor began to change... The brain likely influences how close or how distant we feel from God.
Black men and boys make up the largest race of prison population in America. Fighting for justice requires a change in perspective. As old ways of diagnosing them don't seem to prevent recidivism. HenryHealth.com, online mental health telemedicine driven by Blacks for Blacks, is an important tool with how we're better to manage and explain our own clinical studies. According to Dr. Omalu Bennett's studies, youth football is akin to child abuse. CTE symptoms can be a chief concern for everyone. It takes all of us! Share your son's story on our website. Is he in a street gang? Was he murdered or imprisoned for a violent crime?