Medical Records Regarding Clive’s Knees

Clive Kinlock has been experiencing a lot of pain in his knees lately, they are degenerating and he is being refused proper medical treatment. We have obtained some medical records regarding the condition of Mr. Kinlock’s knees and will be adding links to this information in the previous articles we have posted regarding this. You can read the documents here: Clive’s Medical Evaluation, Knees (PDF)

Links to our previous articles about Mr. Kinlock’s Medical Neglect:

Montana’s Neglect of Prisoners Medical Needs is Torture

Update on Clive’s Medical Needs – Racism in Prison Administration Culture

Thank you for your continued support of Mr. Kinlock’s fair treatment 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
BrianSchweitzer@mt.gov

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
jbohlinger@mt.gov

Director Mike Ferriter: (406) 444-3930
momholt-mason@mt.gov

Members of the Law and Justice Committee
http://leg.mt.gov/css/committees/interim/2011-2012/Law-and-Justice

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Montana’s Neglect of Prisoners Medical Needs is Torture

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:

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‘ 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.”

UPDATE: Clive’s Medical Evaluation, Knees

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.

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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
BrianSchweitzer@mt.gov

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
jbohlinger@mt.gov

Director Mike Ferriter: (406) 444-3930
momholt-mason@mt.gov

Members of the Law and Justice Committee
http://leg.mt.gov/css/committees/interim/2011-2012/Law-and-Justice

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BREAKING NEWS – Montana tortures prison inmates during transfer

November 21, 2011

Newest development in Clive Kinlock’s journey

About one week after documenting the staff abuse foisted on Clive, he was given a transfer slip just after completing his job cleaning showers in his unit, around midnight, Nov 15.  It appeared that the order the federal judge stamped in his file saying he was not to be transferred until ready to be deported, was ‘missing’.   So at 5 AM on Tuesday the 15th, Clive and a couple others were given orange jump suits to wear and tightly shackled, then loaded in a caged van.  They had no t-shirts on nor were they given coats even though the temps were below freezing, nor was the van heated.  They were shackled so tightly that soon they had no feeling in their hands and feet and their arms and legs began to swell.  A bag of food was thrown onto the floor of the van but their hands were so numb and painfully swollen some couldn’t even pick up the food.

During the journey to Great Falls, where Clive was to be dropped off, the drivers drove in such a frightening and careless manner he feared they would not reach their destination.  While some of the slipping and sliding on the road was due to snow and ice, he felt some was a deliberate attempt to throw them around in the back of the van.  By the time they reached his drop off destination, his mouth was sore and bleeding from his teeth chattering from the cold and if the guards hadn’t caught him he would have fallen getting out of the van from having no feeling left in his feet.  In spite of his own misery, he asked the guards to loosen the cuffs on one the other inmates whose hands were turning purple and who was being taken on further.

Extreme exposure to cold can cause frostbite, especially when the blood flow to the limbs is restricted by overtightened shackles. Was the State of Montana trying to torture or injure these inmates? Why would they treat these human beings worse than most people treat their dog? These people have already been handed down a sentence by the due process of law, the guards responsible for this are engaged in torture of inmates and should be fired and prosecuted.