Tuesday, May 2, 2017

---"Please, please," he said shortly before his death, in what may have been his final words. "I'm begging you, I'm begging you."--------------------#MatthewHinesDidn'tHaveToDie-----For more than a year, Hines's family believed their son and brother died from a seizure. The true story of his death continues to haunt them. "The sheer number of correctional staff who were involved in or witnessed Matthew's death is incomprehensible to us," Hines's family said in a statement released on Tuesday. "Why did no one prevent this from happening to him?" Hines struggled with mental health issues throughout his life, his family said, but struggled to get the help he needed in Cape Breton. They believe he may have been having a mental health emergency on the night of his death. "The fact that Matthew was treated with such indignity breaks our heart," his family wrote. "We know that Matthew, for all of his struggles, would never have treated another human being that way."

Most of the day is already gone and I have only been doing clothes sorting and laundry. Younger boy is having problems with registering for a class for NAIT. I am not sure he has all the requirements for the program but this is another thing to check.

Outside there is a block party of clouds forming.  The laundry is wet inside the house and it feels as if it will rain outside the house. I've got a bag of clothes to donate to Goodwill but I still have to empty the mud room so I will wait to drop it off.

Soon I will go get mum and take her to see Dr. Sholter. I'm not very lively today and so no doubt the trip will be a sluggish business.  I've time to have a small nap on the sofa by the sunny window in the living room so that is my next priority.

In my warmish writing room the geraniums are all seed heads and the African violets are buxom burnt bushes. I imagine that they are not inhibited in their expressions of growth simply because I have again forgotten to water them and they think the end is near.


As I sit here in my safe home I look at the tragedy of yet another citizen and his grief struck family. What the heck is wrong with our society? Why is the mental health system in crisis like this?

The system fails. The system fails. And it has to be families who speak about these failures.

#MatthewHinesDidn'tHaveToDie --This case illustrates the mental health system in crisis not only in Alberta but all over Canada. We have the criminalization of folks with mental health issues. We have poorly trained folks in hospitals, continuing care and in the prison system with no idea how to treat and help the mentally ill citizens they encounter. We have brutality. And we have cover up. Shame on Correctional Service of Canada for this cover up! Shame on them for their failures to tell us and the family the truth which is of system wide failures in this case. And most of all shame of the federal government for not kicking butt in this case.
LikeShow more reactions
Comment


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/matthew-hines-correctional-investigator-report-1.4095209

Prison slammed for 'flawed and self-serving' actions after Cape Breton inmate's death

Matthew Hines died on May 27, 2015, after being beaten and repeatedly pepper sprayed by prison guards

By Karissa Donkin, CBC News Posted: May 02, 2017 12:06 PM AT Last Updated: May 02, 2017 12:19 PM AT
WatchPoster of video clip
Matthew Hines's final moments at Dorchester Penitentiary
JUMP TO BEGINNING OF THE TRACK WATCH
ADJUST VOLUME
00:00 02:04
SHARE FULLSCREEN
Matthew Hines's final moments at Dorchester Penitentiary 2:04
296 shares


Facebook



Twitter



Reddit



Google



Share



Email

Related Stories

Matthew Hines didn't have to die.
That's the conclusion of a report by the country's correctional investigator, who found that prison guards at New Brunswick's Dorchester Penitentiary used "unnecessary and inappropriate physical and chemical force" against the 33-year-old inmate from Cape Breton.
Hines was pronounced dead on May 27, 2015, less than two hours after he was beaten and pepper sprayed repeatedly by guards after he refused to return to his cell.
"Please, please," he said shortly before his death, in what may have been his final words. "I'm begging you, I'm begging you."
In a report tabled on Tuesday morning, correctional investigator Ivan Zinger wrote: "In this case, everything that could go wrong in a use of force intervention went wrong."
The report makes 10 recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future, all of which have been accepted by Correctional Services Canada.
The disciplinary process that followed Hines's death was "flawed and self-serving," Zinger wrote. He questions whether CSC should be allowed to investigate and discipline itself.
One staff member was fired and at least three were disciplined after Hines's death, CSC has said.

'Misleading' information provided to public

Matthew Hines
Matthew Hines died in custody of the Dorchester Penitentiary on May 27, 2015. (CBC)
"Corrective measures taken after the fact failed to reflect the nature and gravity of staff errors and omissions that contributed to this tragic, and by my estimation, avertable death," Zinger wrote.
He also criticized the agency for providing "misleading and incomplete information" both to Hines's family and to the public.
The correctional agency initially said Hines was "found in need of medication attention" and staff performed CPR on him.
Neither of those facts were true. CSC has apologized for the incorrect press release, but has never explained why it provided false information.
Last fall, the investigation into Hines's death was reopened and transferred to Nova Scotia RCMP.
Hines was serving a five-year sentence for bank robbery at the time of his death.

Hines struggled with mental health issues

Wendy Gillis Helen MacLeod
Wendy Gillis and Helen MacLeod want justice for their baby brother, Matthew Hines, who died in custody of the Dorchester Penitentiary on May 27, 2015. (CBC)
For more than a year, Hines's family believed their son and brother died from a seizure. The true story of his death continues to haunt them.
"The sheer number of correctional staff who were involved in or witnessed Matthew's death is incomprehensible to us," Hines's family said in a statement released on Tuesday.
"Why did no one prevent this from happening to him?"
Hines struggled with mental health issues throughout his life, his family said, but struggled to get the help he needed in Cape Breton. They believe he may have been having a mental health emergency on the night of his death.
"The fact that Matthew was treated with such indignity breaks our heart," his family wrote.
"We know that Matthew, for all of his struggles, would never have treated another human being that way."

No comments:

Post a Comment