Hunger Strike Results 5/20/2011
Monday, May 16, 2011 marked the end of my 5 day hunger strike at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement center. I went 120 hours between dinner on Wednesday evening and dinner on Monday night, without eating. I was protesting the DCLEC’s refusal to administer my regular prescription for ADHD. I ended the hunger protest when I felt that I received a substantial reaction that I could use to demonstrate the inadequacies of the medical/mental health services at the DCLEC.
The day that I declared a hunger strike in protest of the DCLEC’s failure to properly administer my Ritalin prescription, Captain David Hall ordered that I be locked in isolation, consisting of 22-23 hour lockdown with no interaction with other inmates. Captain Hall stated that I wasn’t being punished; I was simply being put in isolation so I could be “observed.” On the way to isolation on Thursday afternoon, nurse Kelley Hogg weighed me and took my temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. That pretty well marked the end of any medical or psychological observation of my time in “the hole”.
Dearborn County’s perception of inmate observation hails out of some grotesque 1930’s laboratory experiments on asylum inmates. The DCLEC denied my treatment for my ADHD, locked me in isolation because I protested the denial of treatment, and then allowed the correctional officers to observe me through the camera in my cell. No nurses, no social workers, no doctors, just a handful of correctional officers checking to see if I were still alive or had gone mad. All of this while offering to give me the wrong Ritalin dose before bed, as prescribed by Dr. Nadir Al-Shami, to try to insure that I would not be able to sleep at night.
I want to be clear that the DCLEC staff was acting upon orders and they all acted in a very professional manner. This falls on the shoulders of Captain Dave Hall, Sheriff Kreinhop, and the DCLEC doctor, Dr. Al-Shami. They have some kind of sick fascination with denying inmates mental health treatment and then placing the inmates in insufferable situations just so they can take a video of the effects of the DCLEC’s experiments.
The mental health care at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center rivals that of the treatment that R.P. McMurphy received by Nurse Cratchet and the institution in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, except Nurse Cratchet actually believed that she was acting in the best interest of the inmates. The DCLEC punishes inmates because it is inconvenient to continue the mental health treatment that inmates were receiving on the outside.
I never received my proper Ritalin prescription and I never expected to. As I alluded to earlier I achieved a reaction, not a result. The difference is that you will go crazy trying to force the hand of Dearborn County officials in the hopes of getting a specific result. On the other hand when people like Sheriff Kreinhop and Captain Hall are hyper-focused on fighting the proper treatment of inmates, they overlook the problematic manner in which they are denying the treatment. I’m just here to report it.
I am pleased with the result of my 5-day hunger strike. I never really felt sick or weak. I continued to work out during the strike. Actually, the main reason I ended my protest was because I did not have adequate access to a phone to stay in touch with my lawyer. In all, I lost 8.5 lbs. in 5 days, bringing my total weight loss to 26 lbs., while being housed in the DCLEC. If Prosecutor, F. Aaron Negangard chooses to waste Dearborn County taxpayer money on housing me in the DCLEC, I feel I owe it to myself and the taxpayers to get something positive out of it.
I was fortunate to get a warm welcome when I was transferred back to normal population. I was greeted with applause and well wishes as many have supported my efforts to improve human rights in the DCLEC. One inmate even informed me that my hunger protest made the local radio as a friend said they heard about my strike on Eagle 99.3. I hope Dearborn County is finally realizing that the good ol’boy system doesn’t work anymore and I’m here to report it.
Thanks for the support and please rest assured that my health and determination is fine. Stay tuned as Prosecutor Negangard has approached my Public Defender with a plea deal. I’ll keep you apprised of the situation. To contact me or my family, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.