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Oregon's Death Camps: The Prison System

The death rates in the prisons are excessive and a result of the punitive medical care being dispensed or not dispensed to the prisoners.

Prisoner in cell

(SALEM, Ore.) - I am not going to identify the prison nor the guard with a moral conscience from which this information comes.

It has come to my attention that the perverse medical care in the Oregon Prison system is in effect severely mistreating sick patients in effect making it a part of the punitive actions against these prisoners.

For example there are known active TUBERCULOSIS patients in prisons who are spreading the disease amongst other prisoners and guards. There are also many Hepatitis C patients infected with this terrible, untreatable disease who are in the general population.

If you have a severe dental probably you will be lucky to get local anesthesia, pain medication of any kind and NO ANTIBIOTICS resulting in massive pus-filled pockets and outside of the cheek surgery leaving horrible facial scars.

“If you don’t like it you should have thought about it before you committed a crime.” If you have a mental disorder you will become a victim of any and all kinds of the vicious, even murderous, gangs in “the joint”.

If you try to defend yourself you’ll be thrown into the pit for a month or so and if you complain about it some guard will name you as a snitch, putting your life in danger.

There are many prisoners with MERSA, an infectious condition which is almost totally resistant to any and all antibiotics. These prisoners are in the general circulation and can infect all other prisoners AND GUARDS.

The death rates in the prisons are excessive and a result of the punitive medical care being dispensed or not dispensed to the prisoners.

The Department of Corrections doesn’t seem to be concerned about this because they always have excessive prisoners for which they make a lot of money and through a corrupt justice and penal system they can keep the prisons more than full and make lots of money from the Federal Government.

The commissary store for the prisoners makes a lot of money because their prices are at least double what they should be. The profits are supposed to be for sports equipment for the prisoners but it doesn’t happen that way.

Everybody in the penal system from the lowest guard to the highest ranking administrator knows all about this totally corrupt system. Obviously none of them care because it’s just a part of the punishment systems.

At the same time there are many innocent – not guilty – people in prison and nobody cares because each prisoner – guilty or innocent – brings in lots of money to the State Government.

Maybe I should say there are a lot of PTSD Veterans in the joints. I have a feeling many should not be there but again Measure 11 with mandatory sentences and Federal Compensation for their keep between $40,000 and $70,000 per year is a powerful incentive. We also put as many in prison as possible.

Many people know about this and I am expecting many letters from friends and family of prisoners.


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zack October 28, 2010 1:43 pm (Pacific time)

i hate the system its crupped

henry July 5, 2010 11:32 pm (Pacific time)

There seems to be a few individuals posting comments on this article who think that we need more prisons and more people locked up. Oregon already has greatly increased the prison population over the last 20 years and it is no deterrent to crime. It is due to the very minor offenses that the state chooses to lock individuals up for. No one will argue that rapists, murderers, child abusers, kidnappers and violent offenders need to be taken off the streets. But the state of Oregon and a very verbal minority of citizens have decided that everyone who jaywalks should be incarcerated and treated as poorly as humanly possible. Don't try to tell me how inmates have it so good with health and dental care and all their needs taken care of. Anyone who believes that should have to spend a year locked up because they won't be the same when it's over. DOC hires the poorest excuses for medical personnel available and then denies access to care to most of the inmates who need it. A sick individual in an Oregon prison must wait an average of one month to even get to see an actual doctor and that is only if a so called "nurse" deems it medically necessary. Then they are lucky to get tests and treatment for anything more serious than a stubbed toe. If a doctor decides something is seriously wrong it will take an average of 3-6 months to even begin to get real help. If anything is really serious they will die and many have. Until the "let's lock everyone up and look down our noses at them" mentality changes things are only going to get worse in this state. Some people won't be happy and won't stop until the policeman is knocking at their door with the handcuffs in his hand. You say, oh no, not I, I don't do anything wrong. But you do and you have and you just haven't been caught but your turn will come, don't think you are above it. Then after that we'll see what you think.

Dr. Leveque June 24, 2010 2:27 pm (Pacific time)

To Joe: re: oregon death camps june 16 There are a lot of prisoner in penitentiaries who are either innocent or are there on minor charges. The state makes beaucoup bucks putting them in the Joint. Like yourself, rapists, child molestors and murderers are most likely "a bit off the bubble". My condolences. I was revoked for depriving other doctors of money. I had 5000 plus patients.

Amanda June 17, 2010 12:18 pm (Pacific time)

Let's examine the Justice system as a whole. There is a collusion on what crimes to prosecute, and which are "tolerated" to the disadvantage of the victim. In the final analysis, white color crimes and petty crimes such as fraud and elder financial exploitations are not investigated, let alone prosecuted, because of lack of funds - thus Oregon laws are violated by the very system, which is to enforce the law and protect each and every citizen from becoming a victim.

David Samples June 17, 2010 9:19 am (Pacific time)

Prior to 1964 it was nearly an automatic that if someone stole a car (Grand Theft Auto) they would go to prison in Oregon. Now if one gets caught it is largely considered no big deal, and if they take the car out of state and get caught they generally are not prosecuted. My point is that without serious sanctions we get an increase in crime rates. Generally before someone ends up in prison, other than a violent crime, they get many chances before the judges put them in. Then when they enter the prison matrix system, their sentences are usually much shorter that what their original sentence was, even discounting time off for good behavior. Maybe it's time to take minor offenders and put them in large tent facilities (like what our military has been known to live in) and actually punish them. Recidivism for some crimes is quite high, so keep them in for their full sentences. Once criminals know they are going to have some serious time they will change their ehavior in the future. I go back to my original Grand Theft Auto situation, car thefts were just a tiny percentage of what they are today.

Joe June 16, 2010 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

Dr P.L. could volunteer at the prisons to help the convicted rapist, child molesters and murderers with their medical problems. Oh wait Marion County took his license away. Oh well

Anonymous June 16, 2010 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

Maybe as more articles such as this come out, my words will not be such a conspiracy theory. Billions to israel, trillions to fight al quaida (proven FBI operatives), the military industrial complex, marines (only following orders, God Bless them), guarding opium plants, then distributed throughout the world to finance covert operations, then imprison those who use the drugs. A complete stealth takeover of society. Worldwide.

Ersun Warncke June 16, 2010 1:34 pm (Pacific time)

It should be remembered that inmates are the only citizens in our society with a constitutionally guaranteed right to health care. The doctors and dentists employed by the DOC are the highest paid government employees ($200k+ not counting retirement benefits) outside of the University system. Naturally, money does not equal quality care, but obviously there needs to be some serious reassessment of priorities here. My guess is that there are a few more official in the DOC who should be making plans to go into exile in Iran (Farhad “Fred” Monem style) or some other non-extradition treaty country.

J+ June 16, 2010 12:24 pm (Pacific time)

There seems to be a lot of unsubstantiated allegations in this article. The death of inmates while incarcerated is, to my knowledge, a fairly infrequent occurence. That said, Measure 11 is a terrible law, mandating inflexible sentences with no consideration for mitigating circumstances, lack of prior criminal history, etc. While it is reserved for more serious offenses, the District Attorneys love to overcharge Measure-11 crimes initially, in an oft-successful aim to coerce defendants into pleading guilty to lesser felonies. The result has been a 300% increase in the prison population in under 2 decades. With the Governor refusing to close prisons/free prisoners despite the massive budget gap, things will only get worse for everyone - prisoners, guards, and society at large. Unfortunately, when funds are lacking, the Corrections system lacks the capacity to 'correct' anything, and thus becomes a warehouse for offenders. In my humble, biased, experienced opinion, the greatest travesty continues to be the ability to incarcerate non-violent drug offenders for simple possession, a direct result of Felony drug laws that are long overdue for reform/decriminalization.

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