Prisoners can be heroes

Doug Tjapkes says whistle blowers who are behind bars are indeed heroes.
Jul 1, 2014


Tjapkes, a Spring Lake Township man who heads the Humanity for Prisoners organization, says inmates who provide his group with legitimate information about abuse and other problems inside Michigan’s prisons are serving the common good.

“We have learned which ones are exaggerating, are telling self-serving stories and are determined to smear the system,” Tjapkes wrote in a recent post for the Humanity for Prisoners blog. “We have reputable people behind bars who are regularly disclosing serious problems in Michigan prisons, and we are sharing that information.”

In recent months, the organization has written about a mentally ill woman being hog-tied in the nude for hours and being forced to sleep on a slab with no padding.

“We are now receiving reports of another mentally ill woman who was denied food and water, and who was administered drugs even while still unconscious from the previous injection,” Tjapkes noted. “Only then was she rushed to a hospital by ambulance on a ventilator.”

Because corrections is a big bite out of the state’s general fund budget, Michigan taxpayers should be informed and care about these issues, Tjapkes said.

CLICK HERE to read his full blog post.

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"Reputable people behind bars" What don't i get?


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