Stop Prison Abuse

It is a common belief that the U.S. prison system has standards in place which protect prisoners against abuse. The current system (the Administrative Grievance Procedure) by which prisoners file complaints against prison officials does not safeguard them from abuse and rights violations. This system utterly fails to protect inmates from abuse.

It is a common belief that health care to prisoners is also monitored and that standards are upheld. But health care to prisoners is poor, inadequate, and hurtful to both prisoners and the general public.

A thorough and independent investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons would find: the use of excessive force and physical punishment, lack of adequate medical and mental health care, and lack of both education and rehabilitation programs. It is a self-policed system rife with corruption, and one that is hostile toward the well being of prisoners.

People can make terrible mistakes in their lives — some with tragic, irredeemable costs. They are incarcerated in prison as punishment, not to be punished. Former New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert wrote: “Very few Americans have raised their voices in opposition to our shameful prison policies. And I’m convinced that’s primarily because the inmates are viewed as less than human.”

Help change this mind set. Demand an end to the abuse and neglect of those incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons. Demand that they be treated humanely.

Please sign this petition, urging Congress to exercise its authority to investigate the abuse and neglect (physical, psychological, and medical) of federal prisoners — investigations which will in turn bring scrutiny and change to state-run prisons.

We, the undersigned, urge our representatives in Congress to launch an intense and thorough investigation into the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There are over 200,000 incarcerated within this system which operates void of public scrutiny. We care about those now incarcerated who will one day be released and will need to readjust and contribute to our communities.


Rosalind Burbank Joseph,


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  • Peter Tysdal The nightmarish situation in our jails and prisons is enough to keep one up at night. If we only knew the suffering that exists for our friends and family and fellow man we would make a change, put an end to a system that dehumanizes and traumatized men and woman who may or may not have made a mistake, usually based on necessity in a society that blames individuals for an oppressive environment that they are usually born into. It simply must stop. It must.


  • Monique To the officers these people are inmates, to there families they are loved ones!!!! and my tax dollars gives them a paycheck! Nobody deserves to be treated like an animal!!! instead of being lazy on the job Do your job and help those in need!!! these officers need to be evaluated they have issues too.

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    Lori Moreth

    4 days ago Comments: My son is an inmate, he was beaten by 5 COs and a month later he was assaulted again. This time he was beaten and left for dead. The two inmates on both sides of his cell would not stop screaming for help. The CO assigned to his cell block came over looked at him and casually walked away. The two inmates refused to stop screaming until the sergeant came. My son was then taken to an outside hospital. His injuries included both sets of orbital bones were shattered as well as his nose and several teeth. He had contusions over his entire body and a bite to his back. When the CO who left him for dead came back the inmates fought with him because he said "do you know what he is in for?" The inmate's response was "it doesn't matter he is still a human being and doesn't deserve this torture. It's ironic, the nicest people I met in a long time are the inmates that have helped my son. I believe that they saved his life. My son was wrongly accused and we are fighting for his release. My son is barely 5 foot and weighted 135 lbs. To have 5 COs assault him makes you wonder how this can happen. He has been beaten 5 times since his incarceration. He is legally blind without corrective lenses and when he was jumped by the 5 COs they took his glasses. He sustained a ruptured eardrum and has permanent hearing loss. He is now blind and deaf. He never saw his assailants coming. He can't survive another beating. There is so much corruption in our prison system. These COs have an enormous amount of power over the inmates already. They don't need to be assaulting the inmates or getting other inmates to assault those who they don't like. These COs instigate other inmates just to start a fight so that they are justified in joining in. This has to stop. Please I beg you to sign the petition.
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