Andrew Cohen, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health, Director Jon Ozmint, Governor Mark Sanford, Judge Michael Baxley, Michael Moore, Prison Reform, Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, Senator Mike Fair, South Carolina, Terri LeClercq, The Atlantic
When Good People Do Nothing: The Appalling Story of South Carolina’s Prisons, by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (with hat tip to Terri LeClercq!)
‘[W]hen good people do nothing’ is a timeless moral question, indeed.
One could say the same thing about the citizens of the state of South Carolina, who stand condemned today by one of their own. On Wednesday, in one of the most wrenching opinions you will ever read, a state judge in Columbia ruled that South Carolina prison officials were culpable of pervasive, systemic, unremitting violations of the state’s constitution by abusing and neglecting mentally ill inmates. The judge, Michael Baxley, a decorated former legislator, called it the “most troubling” case he ever had seen and I cannot disagree. Read the ruling. It’s heartbreaking.