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Justin Lamar Davis

born, November 27, 1987 - murdered, February 27, 2010

In signing this petition you are standing with JUSTICE FOR JUSTIN. You are agreeing that"Justin's Law" needs to be in place to:

"separate non-felon patients from dangerous criminals who have committed heinous crimes" in the Forensic Unit of Central State Mental Hospital and Mental Health Hospitals across the United States.

Although I grieve for the lost of my son everyday I am comforted in knowing that he is enjoying his new life in Heaven. My concern today is no longer for my son Justin's life, but for the many Justin's who if the law is not passed may fall through the cracks of a broken system and like my son possibly lose their life. Below is an article written in support of Justin's Law.

HOW I SEE IT: State should consider ‘Justin’s Law’

The Daily Progress - Charlottesville Published:

April 12, 2010 Updated: April 12, 2010

There ought to be a law. But there was no requirement that 22-year-old Justin Davis be separated from the violent offenders at Central State Hospital. And Justin died. Video footage shows that a patient charged with bank robbery and attempted murder twice entered Justin’s room on the night he was strangled. There is no footage showing what happened in that room, and the other man has not been charged (as of yet). Authorities say they’re still investigating. But whether this patient committed the murder or not, the point is: He could have. Or some other violent offender could have had access to Justin’s room. The state says it locks its wards and buildings but not individual rooms. That’s due to state regulations requiring that patients receive treatment in the least restrictive manner possible. Fine. But the state also has a responsibility — one more fundamental than “least restrictive” treatment — simply to keep its patients safe. First, do no harm.

“When he cried for help, I sought that help,” said Denise Wilkins, “only to lose him through the very institution that was established to provide such help.” Imagine a mother’s grief over the loss of her son, intensified by discovering that — through no fault of her own — her efforts to help him instead put him on a track that cost his life. Ms. Wilkins says: There ought to be a law. It ought to be called Justin’s Law. She’s proposed that the state now require violent patients to be separated from others receiving treatment. Again, we don’t know who killed Justin. But we know that the state’s policies allowed a suspected murderer into his room. That never should have been allowed to happen.To make sure that never happens again, Virginia needs to put it into law. (writes the Daily Progress News, April 12, 2010)

We ask that you assist us and please sign the below petition as we take positivesteps towards givinga voice to the cries of those who no one hears and making the Forensic Unit of the Central State Hospital and possibly all Hospitals acrossthe United Statesa safer place forits patients.


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