Citizens Against Cruel & Unusual Punishment at Patuxent Institution

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Citizens Against Cruel & Unusual Punishment at Patuxent Institution

This petition is an urgent call from the inmates and affiliates of the Patuxent Institution located in Jessup, Maryland. We intend to inform the outside world of the abuses and injustices occurring within the Patuxent Institution. We, the inmate population, are under great duress due to the improper enforcement and lack of administration headed by Warden Mrs. Patricia Johnson-Goins, and Director Dr. Robert Nero. We would like to make it known to the community the Patuxent Institution does not function under the ideals or premises permeated to those in society.

To the general public the Patuxent Institution is both unique and distinguished amongst other institutions within the State of Maryland. The Patuxent Institution of Jessup (PIJ) was founded under the auspices of being a therapeutically governed facility with programs and an environment created to remediate male and female offenders within the Eligible Person Program and the Patuxent Institution Youth Program. PIJ is the only institution for sentenced criminals in Maryland separate from the Maryland Division of Corrections (DOC). Its foundation lies within the Maryland Public General Law, codified as title 4 of the Correctional Services Article 31B, enacted in 1951. Contrary to popular belief, PIJ has been deemed by the inmates as more volatile then therapeutic. Thus we wish to make these conditions known with hopes to quickly end the misery and unbearable treatment of the inmate population.

As result of recommendation for evaluation by out sentencing judge, the Commissioner of Corrections sent us here to be considered for admittance into the Patuxent Institution. PIJ consists of 380 inmates in the Youth Program, 320 inmates of DOC, and 175 inmates of the Mental Health Program who all have been convicted and tried as adults. These individuals have been given sentences ranging from 7 years to Life sentences. The programs at PIJ are supervised on a level system. First, the offender is evaluated to determine eligibility for the one of the programs. When an offender is accepted into the program they are put on the first level. In order to advance from any level the inmate must remain infraction free at all times. Advancement from the second level results from the inmates interactions during group sessions. To reach the third level inmates must discuss in detail their individual crimes and family history to assigned counselors. The final stage of the program is the fourth level which is the community re-entry facility also known as the “Halfway House”.

We, the inmates, hereby deem the treatment enforced by the current administration at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup to be cruel and unjust therefore, we request immediate action resulting in the replacement of the institution’s Director, Warden, and Chief of Security. The current Director is indifferent to the remediation and rehabilitation needs of the inmates. PIJ is currently functioning as a pseudo-program—drastically minim

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I have had the opportunity to talk with family members about conditions & prisoner treatment at these facilities HCDC & PI and agree with the comments that the mostly female correctional officers are undereducated, underpaid, undertrained and SHOW NO COMPASSION at all for those with MH issues or thier families. Tax payor dollars are being wasted on these facilites & psuedo programs that do NOTHING to help people maintain wellnes &return as productive citizens of the community. THIS is the REAL CRIME taking place not just in Maryland but all around the country.
My best friend was transferred to Patuxent Institution yesterday(05feb2014), and was treated badly upon arrival. My friend had questions as to why she was being placed in a secluded cell that's for PC status inmates and she was told to not ask questions. My friend was seperated from the group of inmates that rode the same transfer van. I do not understand this protocol and the reasoning behind it, especially when my friend haven't been insubordinate. PLEASE HELP! At this point, I fear for my friend's safety. I'm very afraid of what could go on and not be reported behind the walls of Patuxent Institution.
This place is horrible!!! My fiancé was moved here December 17 2014 and we have yet to understand exactly why he is here. I've left numerous messages on case workers phones with no replies back or anything. Everyday I'm calling to find out SOMETHING but get no where. To top it all off, just this week, they have him a 2 week probation of not being able to use the phone "phone bullying" is what the C/O called it!!! Each time we got on the phone the officer is cursing him out telling him to get his*****off HIS phone when clearly it's me who put the funds on the account so ain't******HIS!!!!! I'm not understanding if no one is using the phone exactly what's the problem and then you look at your call time and it's not even 30 min. the officers are so rude to visitors even the children it's ridiculous. I watched them give a family a hard time with bringing a younger kid in because it wasn't reading through the scanner and the C/O kept rolling her eyes smacking her lips and got frustrated in front of all the visitors and said to another C/O "you deal with it I'm done" even him too was upset at her!!! They hire ANYBODY to throw a uniform on because in my eyes, it's a bunch of young non educated females in there for a pay check... Something seriously needs to be done with this place
I'm am praying daily for the protection of my loved one, in this hell of a place; I know God sees all of what we don't, and surely will address these evil individuals. I pray justice prevails for all that has been affected by this place, as well as the inmates who have encountered the consequences behind their hands. Praying for All!!
O'mally step up to the plate and help these inmates you promised rehabilitation too. Repeat abusing them will never ready them for society. Make the changes..Change is good !!
Wow....I just searched for this institution, because I got a call from a family member that expressed he wanted out of this place. If this is a Warden and her security making a disastrous experience why are they still in PIJ? And are you saying the 4 tier program has been sabotaged? Calling the Justice Department for answers. :(
been having problems with her and her staff
This place will be investicated if it takes everything in me.. It will be shut down or new staff will come in!!!! Martin O'mally HEPL!!!!!!!!!