Citizens for Clive are writing to appeal to the public regarding the medical concerns of Mr.
Kinlock, who currently is being warehoused at Crossroads Correctional Facility, the privately run CCA prison at Shelby, MT. For the past 12 years he has been repeatedly denied treatment for his knee condition, even though every doctor he has seen has recommended they be scoped and treated for other issues. In his own words this is what he is suffering:
‘ My knees need to be scoped due to fluid build-up, bone spurs, knees joints locking up, grinding, and baker cysts. I also have torn meniscus in both knees. Due to lack of treatment I now suffer from arthritis in both knees.’
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10, Section 1, states this regarding the treatment of prisoners: “All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”
Allowing a human being’s health to deteriorate until that human is crippled is a direct violation of the inherent dignity of the human person, and should not be tolerated.
The supposed “cost savings” had by the prison system by not treating inmate’s medical issues are passed on to society later as an even larger debt. Inmates being released back into society may find themselves crippled or disabled due to their inhumane treatment, severely limiting their ability to find gainful employment. These people find themselves having to rely on social safety net programs just to survive, and that still does not address the medical issues! Despite the fact a hospital may treat them they may never be able to pay the bill, and those losses get absorbed by all of us as increased health care costs across the board.
Neglect by the state has caused Clive’s condition to worsen to the point he is becoming disabled. In fact, the State has declared that until he is no longer able to walk, treatment will be denied. How is this supposed to help him adjust to life once he is released? Since the state seems to have such disregard for its ‘property’ we are appealing to the citizens of the world to advocate for this much needed and humane treatment. If a state, a country, insists on cannibalizing people for profit, they need to be held accountable for necessary medical treatment that could prevent a condition from becoming chronic or permanent, as in the case of Mr. Clive Kinlock, and many, many others.
Please help by contacting these people in protest for the chronic condition of Mr. Kinlock’s medical neglect:
Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529
Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger
Office of the Lt. Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
PO Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-1901
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-4648
Director Mike Ferriter: (406) 444-3930
Members of the Law and Justice Committee