The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

Part VI: “I am afraid for my son”

See also   Part I   Part II  Part III   Part IV   Part V  Part VII   Part VIII   Part IX   Part X   Part XI  Part XII

Julie is not an Insider but rather the mother of one. And her son is, by legal definition, not in prison but in a civil commitment facility, TDF Rushville in Illinois. She includes a drawing done by one of the inmates as well as an aerial view of the entire facility.

By Julie, concerned mother of Insider Rex; 4/24

This facility was originally built as a prison to house juveniles. Illinois Department of Human Services operates the facility but Illinois Department of Corrections owns the facility.

To fit on one page, the artist put the “day room” above the cell, but in reality, it is all one floor.

On the bottom of the page is a picture of the outside of the building and the fence that surrounds the building. The fence has barbed wire on the bottom and razor wire bottom and top, and a second fence with razor wire around the bottom surrounds the entire facility.

This is a mental health facility, not a prison.

Each 10X15X10 foot cell holds two adult men.  They share a metal toilet, sink, and a table with an attached metal seat.  They share a dresser.  One sleeps on the bottom and one on the top. Some of the cells do not have a functional ladder to get to the top bunk, so the “top bunk” resident climbs up on the dresser; many have fallen and required stitches in their heads.

All residents — they are not to be called inmates — are locked in their cells every afternoon from 2:55 until 3:20, every evening from 5:45 until 6:15, and every night from 10:45 until 7:15 the next morning. Additionally, they are locked in if the electricity goes out, if there is an altercation, or any other time the staff deems it necessary.

The part of the drawing that has the tables is the “day room.”  They take all their meals in this day room. They are given their medicine in this day room; they spend the majority of their time either locked up or in this room except when they go to groups (which have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus), healthcare, dentistry, library, gym and yard.

35 residents share one day room. The cells surround the day room. This is one entire building with recirculated air; there is no fresh air coming into the building. What windows there are cannot be opened.

There are a total of seven units. One unit, Fox, is now a quarantine unit, with, as of this date, 48 men all under Coronavirus quarantine.

Another unit, Gamma, has 100 men, all of whom are elderly or very sick.  It also has hospice care that focuses on palliative care for the terminally ill men.

Security Therapy Aides (STA) are with the men 24/7.  They are guards armed with pepper spray and carrying handcuffs who once went on strike to remove the word “therapy” from their titles.  Many abuse incidences have been filed against them. They refuse to wear their masks, face shields, and gloves 100% of the time, even when they are with the residents.

There are 534 men at TDF Rushville.  Something needs to be done to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, which today was confirmed by an attorney to be at TDF Rushville. It has been confirmed that some staff have Covid-19 and have been removed.

There is in no way to social distance the residents from each other.  They have been given face masks but are not allowed to wear face shields or gloves.

If this virus spreads throughout TDF Rushville, all the men will be infected.  The cost of the health care for 534 men will be exorbitantly high for the state of Illinois to spend, and my fear is that the virus with be left untreated, unchecked, free to spread, and that some if not many will die.

These men at TDF Rushville have done their entire prison sentences and are held beyond their sentences in “civil commitment.” I am afraid for my son. I am afraid for them all.

Addendum 4/29: It has just been confirmed that two men at TDF Rushville have the Coronavirus.

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      Tim in WI

      Prisoners are generally segregated IF a gov agent ( guards) is culpable of having infected a prisoner(s) it seems a reasonable tort claim. A moral issue to be sure, but political fire as well. It’s ugly anyway you do it.

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      Perry

      Julie. I feel for you and will pray for you. This is yet another example of State Politicians beating the proverbial drum of ‘Live and Let Die’, all over again. Illinois is known for being Corrupt anyway, and it wouldn’t surprise me if all the other Prisons in that State operated the exact same way now. Added to that; the fact that you also, might not have the support from people you once considered friends, because they act like the rest of the ‘Far-Right Self-Righteous’!
      “Well, it’s not MY Son in there, so he’ll just have to deal with it for what he’s done!” Some will and most likely have told you already. The State will maintain the ‘Administrative Custody’ Lie and run with it until long after this Pandemic is over, so they can come up with a new set of Equally Criminal and Corrupt Reasons to once again Break The Very Laws They Create…for everyone else But Them!
      Done.

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      Barre Flynn

      It is very sad to see this going on. I have often wondered how God sees the good intentions of political leaders who create such unjust and unfair laws for political gain. It’s is also odd that the Corona Virus has the biggest hold on our nation judging by the numbers. I would think that God has created a special place in Heaven for these leaders, it’s called hell. Hopefully, if your son gets the virus he will be able enough to fight it. I work with Nursing Homes in NYC and that is a prison of another sort. Cuomo forced cases to be sent to these homes knowing it would be a disaster. Earlier in the year, he sent a mandate to cut Medicaid by 2 Trillion dollars. This will go a long way to help achieve that goal. There is no doubt that injustice reigns, but behind the scenes, Jesus is our good Shephard and will help us in our time of need. May God Bless your son.

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      Kelly

      Staff are the ones bringing it in, and the residents should be protected by all means. They are there for treatment. It’s bad enough that they are there as long as they are! (Double Jeopardy) At least give them what they need to stay! Remember all the money they get for each resident.

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      Donna

      This is an unequivocal crime against these men, and not Civil Commitment but a Penitentiary. This is Quadruple Jeopardy people. Sending this to everyone I possibly can and hope everyone does the same, please!

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      Phil

      This has nothing to do with the unconstitutional registration law.

      There are plenty of agencies arguing the barbaric & draconian practice of locking people up in cages not fit for human living conditions.

      When are we going to see the article about abolishing the registry or anything of its kind?

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      Jim

      There is no one! No leader, No country, No Rationalizing, No group, No world organization, No war. Nothing can stop the USA. Period. If the USA decides your a piece of junk then you are. Has Been proven for hundreds of years. Just ask an Indian if you can trust the USA government. The USA has, and always will, stomp on and do everything it can, to eliminate the people that it has decided are not in the best interest of what it wants to accomplish. Didn’t Hitler get killed for doing the same crime??? The USA took out Hitler because it didn’t want the competition. Most of the countries on this planet despise the USA for their forced compliance of the USA’s demented addenda. If you go against the USA and their belief of which people should be allowed to exist, your screwed. The ONLY criminals the USA will tolerate are the Politicians, senators, judges, police, probation officers, governors, mayors and who ever else that are employed by the government. And since they cant walk all of us criminals into an incinerator, they will slowly kill us in the prison and probation system.

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      Thomas

      The drawn pictures are almost the exact likeness of Bay County Jail. So they are residents huh? Not prisoners or inmates? I call bs. Are there 8 rooms to each common room? Thats how Bay County arranged them. 4 by 4 across from each other to each cell block.

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      Galen

      It is vitally important for governors to hear from their constituents that people care about how those warehoused in so-called “sex offender civil commitment” facilities after the completion of their sentences are being treated.

      There is a sample letter that you can use, provided by the campaign, or you can edit that letter or substitute your own.

      (The action item is only available to persons residing in the 20 states with pre-crime preventative detention laws or the District of Columbia)

      Here is a list of the states where people can take this action:
      Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Washington DC.

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