Thanks to all who took the time and made the effort to contact Montana officials regarding Clive’s appeal for treatment for his knees. To date, nothing has been forthcoming from the DOC/MSP. Could racism be involved in this denial of treatment? We do know that a Caucasian inmate is getting his knee surgically repaired after being injured playing basketball. Yet after 12 years and over 5 medical doctors’ recommendations, Clive is still denied treatment as his knees continue to deteriorate.
Wouldn’t this actually be considered a form of torture, being forced to endure continuous pain and deterioration with a treatable condition, yet being unable to do anything to alleviate the problem through medical intervention as anyone outside prison would certainly do? The DOC has no problem using every conceivable tactic to make money off inmates and their families yet slack in their responsibility to adequately take care of their human ‘property’. Most pet owners or ranchers would not ignore treatment for their ‘property’ so why is it OK with Montana’s to endorse such blatant disrespect for people?
Yet, there are other disturbing situations where the color of one’s skin means discrimination in the Montana DOC/MSP, such as being the only one selected from out of a room full of inmates for a strip search during an Ultreya worship meeting, or by being selected out of the yard with other inmates of color for a strip search while listening to music together, while all others doing the same thing are ignored. Complaints about such abuse go ignored within the system as they pass the grievance from one department to another until the statute of limitations is in effect, or they change the rules mid-stream so nothing you have to say goes anywhere.
So, we continue to seek your assistance, with thanksgiving, in promoting medical treatment for Clive Kinlock’s knees, and for your diligence and support coming from many places around the world.