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"Where there is no vision…the people perish"

Our current objective is to be a voice for the voiceless. We want to persuade our legislators to change the laws on how people who suffer with mental illness are being processed through the criminal justice system. The department of corrections have become a warehouse for the mentally disabled. It's time we shift our thinking. We understand that de-institutionalization is not appropriate for all people suffering with mental illness. However, the government’s approach to increase the use of jails and prisons for those deemed unmanageable with mental illness is unsatisfactory. Jail and prison personnel are not equipped to handle the complex nature of this disease.

If a person has a certifiable mental illness they should not be inhumanely treated for having this disease. In some cases, they are tortured by being put in isolation 23 out of 24 hours a day. The lack of social simulation is harmful regardless of the inmate’s mental status and studies have shown that isolation can have psychological implications. The mentally disabled are extremely vulnerable to this type of punishment. It can actually exacerbate their already fragile mental condition; they should not be dehumanized because of their illness. Mental illness is a disease of the mind and should be treated as such. We don't punish people because they have diabetes, cancer, etc.  So why is this country punishing the mentally ill? They are not disposable! They are human beings!  How did this country reverse back to the barbaric abuses and neglects that were once denounced? It was those neglectful practices such as isolation that partially lead to the outcry for de-institutionalization in the first place. We feel that solitary confinement constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment," which is prohibited in the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

An individual with severe mental illness requires constant professional care with a well-trained and compassionate staff. Our organization’s position would be to have all certified mentally ill individuals who break the law, committed to a long term mental health facility. A place where they can be treated with human dignity and receive proper medical treatment. Let’s bring back a new and improved mental health system to house these voiceless souls. Housing the severely mentally ill in a proper long-term therapeutic environment will protect them from inhumane treatment and the public would be safer.

In addition, when the mentally ill are released from prison they do not have adequate housing. Thus, they wander the streets, break into abandon buildings for shelter, are taken advantage of, and use illegal drugs to self-medicate. Finding housing is always difficult for ex-offenders, but the challenge is even more acute for the mentally ill. "For the severely mentally ill, there is virtually no facility designed for long-term inpatient care," says Sherri Sullivan, director of Bridgeview Manor, the only residential treatment center in Ohio that accepts the indigent mentally ill. "If they exist, they exist in the form of a group home, and most group homes don't offer treatment."

If you have a son or daughter incarcerated and you feel the way I do, please sign-up and become a member. We might be able to correct some of these issues, but change only comes with the support and demand of the citizens.

If we want change, we will have to fight for it, we cannot hide from it. "God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers."

Rhonda Robinson
M.I.S.S. Founder

 

A M.I.S.S. member was chosen to tell her story on the OWN network’s show ‘The Book of John.’

You can watch the full episode of Season 1, ( THE MID-NIGHT SERMON, 108) by clicking the following link and signing-up through your cable company to the OWN Network's mobile app. http://www.oprah.com/own-thebookofjohngray/The-Emotional-Reality-of-Having-a-Family-Member-in-Prison-Video

   

Click the following link to listen to the Portland, Oregon KBOO radio show featuring M.I.S.S. members :

M.I.S.S. Members' Radio Interview

 
Click the following link to read article about how Corporations reap big profits on inmate finances, and visitations. The article mentions the M.I.S.S. organization with comments from our members.

 HERE

 

Kristina Brown is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
11 hours ago
Kathy Crowe posted a status
Hello.December Birthday lists have been emailed to your MISS accounts. Thank you to those that have volunteered! Only 4 names this month.
12 hours ago
Kathleen Mccandless and Melissa Ann Trent joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Friday
Yvonne is now friends with JoJo and Kelly Corrigan
Thursday
Shari and Georgia M Bennett are now friends
Thursday
Cathy Landry and Julie Eckrich joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Wednesday
Georgia M Bennett posted a status
I'm trying to send in my Sons information for Christmas Cards, where do I do this?
Wednesday
  • Rhonda - Administrator Hi Georgia,
    Please refer to the email that was sent to all the members yesterday. I provided a link to the card coordinator's page link. Once you're on her page, send her a message requesting that your son be put on the Christmas card list. You'll…
    Wednesday
Caran Thomas and Kelly Corrigan are now friends
Nov 24
Shari is now friends with Caran Thomas and Shara coffey
Nov 24
April D Summers is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Nov 24
Georgia M Bennett and Nancy Rapoport are now friends
Nov 24
Beth and Janice Carter are now friends
Nov 24
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"I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the beautiful and courageous mothers of MISS for their unwavering support and loyalty toward their loved ones, as well as to the greater cause at hand. I also am very grateful for the extremely thoughtful and generous outpouring of positive energy in my direction. The letters have been well received. I am sending each of you all my very best."

With love, Cameron Douglas (Actor Michael Douglas'son) UPDATE: Cameron was released in 2016. We wish him all the best!

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A message from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:

"M.I.S.S.

Thank you so very much for your continued encouragement & support. You all are an incredible blessing to me, and so many of us. Blessings to you & your families."

Kwame