NYCLU Wants Changes After Suicides At Nassau Co. Jail

MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – In the past two years, five inmates at the Nassau County Jail have committed suicide.

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That includes an Iraq war veteran, who was in the facility after being arrested for DWI.

Now, Samantha Fredrickson of the New York Civil Liberties Union says her organization has filed a lawsuit against the county.

The organization wants the county to establish an oversight committee.

“Seven people who are appointed by the county executive. They’re voluntary members of the community, and they would actually have an office in the jail, be able to respond to inmate grievances and complaints, as well as make recommendations about conditions or things that should be improved at the jail,” she said, adding that the members would even be able to help inmates who are not getting their medicines on time. “These are our neighbors. These are our fellow Nassau County residents. Right now, they’re living in the shadows without having the right treatment.”

However, the county’s response is that there is a jail advisory board that already serves in a similar capacity.

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  • RJ O'Guillory

    The Illusion

    America shimmers, losing shape,
    lost souls, the weakest generation.
    Democracy stumbles, people awaken,
    trouble on America’s plantation.

    America stands strong and free,
    a land of life and liberty?
    Indentured servants, ever on,
    from sea to shining sea.

    Laws for this, laws for that,
    control of the air you breathe.
    Nanny State, exploding prisons,
    Stalinist tits, on which we teethe.

    House and Senate, bought and sold,
    mortgaged by corporate donations.
    Court Supremes, selling their soul,
    torture’s cool, but do it in other nations.

    Traitors act, as though elected,
    a free and fair republic?
    Lying thieves, electronic frauds,
    in office to cheat the public.

    Bankers steal, Pelosi jets,
    stimulating this and that.
    Leadership so corrupt, so brutal,
    little need to trim the fat.

    China profits, Brazil prospers,
    around us the world grows.
    Bush and Clinton, hold their power,
    JFK? Oh, no one knows?

    It’s falling apart, not so funny,
    at least I’m close to passing.
    Before the riots, the martial law,
    before Obama starts the gassing.

    Long before the troops deploy,
    during all the effing’ confusion.
    Lucky enough, simply to know,
    our lives were just an illusion.

    RJ O’Guillory / Author / Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

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