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Citizens Against Cruel & Unusual Punishment at Patuxent Institution

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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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February 2, 2017
Sofia B. from Laurel, DE signed.
January 4, 2017
Alyssa M. from Cambridge, MD signed.
2 months ago
Someone who cares P. from Columbia, MD writes:
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Really concerned with DOC, Patuxent Institution, Jessup, Inmates are there for their mistakes, people who made poor choices. They need help in turning their life around. I have experienced seeing and hearing, lack of caring for the inmates. Many CO act like they don't know or want to do their job. The constant lockdowns for long periods are unfair treatment. Lack of meds or people meeting with inmates on schedule times is a constant offense. Families are being punished when not able to talk or see inmate, especially when not visits on Thankgiving. F1 has been on lockdown since last Thursday. Worries me, no phone calls contact and afraid they will not allow visits on Christmas. This facility is broken and those in charge need to stand up for the inmates and do their job to keep them safe and get the services installed, and get people to do their job, to get inmates in positive way to join society. Bad enough the Baltimore County Courts system has extreme sentences to make their own personal portfolio and not looking at the individuals as people.Gov Hogan, seems to make a difference. Hope he takes action and gets fair sentences and fair treatment of offenders.
2 months ago
Someone from Miami, FL writes:
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So like seriously....went all the way to Maryland from Florida to visit my brother (who btw hasn't seen any loved ones since he's been in there), and he's been on lockdown since Thursday and today is Tuesday and he's still on lockdown. Seriously??? I think they WANT inmates to become more violent as time goes on. Who does that? People...workers...officers..chief of Officers...think about it? No outside time, no recreation time, no programs, no NOTHING...who wouldn't go crazy??? I just hope someone goes and checks this place out soon. There's really something seriously wrong going on in this facility. Worse part is, not even during the holidays? No visitation allowed? I really think it's done purposely and not because anyone is misbehaving. Y'all do it simply because it'll do well to the inmates spirit. Well may God have mercy on your family, that they may never end up in a place like this, with workers like yourselves. Have a blessed day!
2 months ago
Someone from Havre De Grace, MD writes:
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Everyone here is correct.And there is so much more that isn't being said.The Co s are just there to collect a paycheck and watch TV.Tired of waiting hours and hours just cause they don't feel like getting my sin for a visit.They do it cause people need to DEMAND to be heard and us out here have to be the ones to do it.They have they locked down that tight so they can't do anything.Well this mad Momma has had enough.Changing and/or closing this******hole is my mission.Who wants to help?
4 months ago
Someone from Hagerstown, MD signed.
October 12, 2016
Someone from Burtonsville, MD signed.
October 11, 2016
Someone from Kensington, MD signed.
October 11, 2016
Someone from Lothian, MD writes:
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hey..i was released from Patuxent last month and the conditions in there are horrible. the way things are ran, the way the COs treat inmate. for instance 3 diabetics were denied their insulin twice because the unit was on lock down and the CO was too lazy to get out of his chair to call for an escort. I could see him from my cell. he was sitting in a chair with his feet propped up and didn't even acknowledge their pleas. another incident I was denied my anti seizure and phsych meds because we are on lockdown and the COs know we are stuck in a small cell and cant get a supervisor. so the pleas and cries for help of the inmates are being denied. there is soo much more. Lt. Johnson and Lt. Stiff need to be looked at
October 5, 2016
Someone from Hagerstown, MD writes:
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My heart goes out to you all and your families and it pains me to hear that you all are not hearing from your family locked away in prison. You deserve to hear from them and see how they are doing. Nothing will help them but family they are by their side. No more excuses need to be made as to why people are not able to talk with their families ever. My prayers are with the men and women all over the world in prison always each and every day. I plan to volunteer and then one day work with people that go through this but what I would rather do is abolish the prison system. For how sickening it really is. May God be with you all.