The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

Part X: “I just want to bring him home while he is still alive”

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

Marsha, like Julie in Part VI, is not herself an Insider; she writes this on behalf of her 72 year old husband, Jim.

Marsha 4/30 (Sterling Correctional Facility, Sterling, CO)

Jim, my husband of 52 years, is almost 72 years old and has a compromised cardiovascular system — the #1 risk factor in the elderly for COVID-19 — due to a history of a heart attack resulting in three cardiac stents and the necessity to have nitroglycerin immediately accessible 24/7.  He has been rated low to very low risk on every psychological evaluation he has had since this whole ordeal began.

This is not about what got Jim to this point, but a little context is necessary. Jim was not originally incarcerated but received a probated sentence for his conviction. He was placed on the Colorado Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Program (SOISP) which requires, among a plethora of restrictions and requirements, attendance at a weekly, state-recognized sex offender treatment program. After several years of being in the program, in October of 2018, Jim was terminated from the program for refusing to admit to things he did not do. A 20-year career Air Force veteran, holding top secret clearance for much of that time, he was trained in resisting brain-washing techniques. The result of this termination was that he was, by court order, turned over to the DOC for incarceration at Sterling Correctional Facility.

The next two years are a blur of appeals, protests, grievance filings, applications for parole consideration, and one total farce of a parole hearing. Everything was denied.

Through much letter writing, I was finally able to get his name submitted to the Special Needs Parole Committee on April 8.  At that time, there was one positive case of a guard with the virus at the Sterling Facility where Jim is.  On April 15, Director Williams announced at a video meeting with stakeholders that Sterling was locked down due to two positive cases within the inmate population.  On the 19th, it hit the news that there were 138 cases, mostly on the east side where Jim is.  Today there are over 250 positive cases, and it continues to grow.

On April 13, Jim’s cellmate left for an appointment and didn’t return. On the 15th when Director Williams announced that there were two cases, I submitted my concern regarding the non-return of Jim’s cellmate.  Within the hour I had a phone call from Sterling assuring me that it had nothing to do with COVID-19. Then, on the 26th, he was returned to the unit and into Jim’s cell.  After returning from his doctor’s appointment, he had been in isolation for two weeks. He may not have tested positive for COVID-19, but he was now coughing and really sick. Everyone in the unit complained about being exposed to him. He refused to wear his mask while in the cell, and he wasn’t good to cover his mouth when he coughed. On the 28th, I sent an email to the warden.  That afternoon they came and checked his vitals, took him for more testing, and removed him from the unit.  That evening Jim was put into isolation for two weeks observation. The whole unit was exposed – staff and about 100 inmates.

This morning, April 30th, I received a phone call telling me that Jim’s name had been deferred by the Special Needs Parole Committee. He wasn’t denied, so supposedly he will be looked at again later. She couldn’t tell me why he’d been deferred. He meets every criterion Director Williams gave. I sent him a letter voicing my anger over the incident with Jim’s cellmate and asking for the reason of the deferment. With it being such a life-threatening decision, we deserved answers.  I also wanted to know who comprised the committee.

As I am writing this, I just received a call from the offender program manager. Director Williams had forwarded my letter to her and asked her to call me.  Jim had passed all the steps of the review, but because he’s listed as a sex offender, he’s considered a risk to the community. We live on a 160-acre ranch with our nearest neighbors ¾ of a mile away, and they know Jim’s situation. Even the judge said he wasn’t a threat to society. This appears to be total discrimination based on the sexual offender label.  Sadly, it doesn’t even matter to them that it’s putting someone’s life in jeopardy.

I don’t know when, or how, this journey will end, but I will keep fighting to bring Jim home while he is still alive.

Editor’s addendum: 5/1 one inmate at Sterling died from the virus.

 

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      Ernest B Tucker

      I hate to bring this up but it is all about money. You need to follow the bouncing buck.
      Departmental budgets are set on certain criteria. The US Marshall’s service is based on the number of arrests. The prosecutors are budgeted based on the number of convictions obtained. The courts are budgeted by the number of cases that are decided. The BOPs budget is based on the number of beds that are filled.
      So the Marshall’s arrest as many as possible and have been known to fabricate evidence. The prosecutors offer a plea agreement as soon as possible so that the can obtain a conviction asap. The court will run as many cases through as they can as fast as they can without any consideration for the truth and turn the convicted over to the BOP as quickly as possible so they can keep the beds full.
      The prison industry in this country stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world.
      I find it interesting that we tout this country as the land of the free, when we have the highest rate of incarceration per capita than any other country in the world.
      The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated and 50% of the world’s lawyers.
      In the USA Today back in 2015 there was an article that according to the Northwestern School of Law, by 2025 25% of the United States population would have felony convictions.
      We must be a truly evil people.
      I want to thank NARSOL and the supporters for all you do for those of us that can’t do for ourselves.

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      Perry

      Mr. Tucker, I am in complete agreement with you on everything you said. It’s the Truth too. We have what I consider, THE MOST CORRUPT So-Called ‘Justice’ System on The Planet, and if it isn’t, it’s one of the Top Five for certain! You Cannot, get a ‘Fair Trial’ anymore, because of Back-Door-Dealing, and Political Career Considerations being at hand in the whole sordid affair. The Media also is Complicit in this too, and didn’t give a Damn about her feelings at all, and most likely wouldn’t. ‘Can’t Sympathize, Or We’ll Lose Our Viewership And Ratings’. I feel for this Lady, who most likely-and I’m really sorry to say this-will never see her Beloved Husband ever again, even AFTER he’s dead. Once he is, they’ll just bury him in some Undignified Burial Plot despite his being a former U.S. Servicemember. He won’t get a Military Funeral.’ Nooo…that costs too much.’ That’s what They’ll say. ‘They’, being The Prison he’s at. As for Treatment Programs? I have to say only this: There are those That Do properly function as they’re designed to, and there are most certainly those That Don’t. It sounds to me from what this Lady’s said, that this one in particular Does Not! They’ll accept only Lies for The Truth, because many Treatment Co-Facilitators-and that many Should Not have been Certified by their respective States Any Damn Way-cannot see that there are instances where some ‘Victims’ Actually Never Were Victimized At All! There’s been instances time and again, where it’s been found that False Accusations were made, just because it was easier, and less time consuming, to get speedy convictions. ‘Put The Pressure On Him If He Fights It In Court.’ Many District and County Attorneys will say. The most favored and preferred tactic being of course: ‘If You Don’t Take This Deal, We’ll Hit You With The Maximum Amount Of Time On A Conviction!’ Of course, even on a Lie, thousands of Men and Women too, would and have rather served perhaps an average of ten to fifteen years instead of 25 to 50 because of ‘The Pressure’! Even when the same District and County Attorneys KNEW such cases were at best Flimsy and/or outright False, they would rather take it to Court, knowing they would get Convictions just based on a Say So. No Physical or Forensic Evidence ever be needed. Much less even ever Admitted. No Sexual Assault DNA Evidence ever introduced to Dis-Prove the alleged ‘attack’ No Witnesses to Refute the So-Called ‘Victim’s Statements’ are ever called upon and often they simply vanish from the face of The Earth. Where they’ve gone, No One Still Doesn’t Know! I know Personally, of a Man that all of this happened to. I don’t give a Damn WHO YOU ARE. You CANNOT convince Me, that these things Don’t Happen. Time and again, I’ve seen that it has. My Cases were all Legit. I did My Dirt, so I paid and am still paying My Price. That’s All On Me. Others however; like this Poor Soul And The Spouse That Still Is Suffering? Well; The Corrupt, Back-Door-Dealing, Pharisee-Attitude-Driven, Media Backed, Political-Aspiring So-Called ‘Champion Of The People’, Judge, and Jury who ensures that HIS, HER OR THEIR OWN DIRT, is Never Ever found out by anyone, anywhere, anytime, continues living the Soulless Life they enjoy…for now.
      Believe That!
      Done.

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      GeorgeS

      It is sad, if he was a drug offender (which has a much higher recidivism rate), he would of been released already, but to the world all Sex Offenders are like Ted Bundy!

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