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Our acronym is M.I.S.S., but we do not exclude daughters.

 

"Where there is no vision…the people perish"

Our current aim is to be a voice for the voiceless. We want to persuade our legislators to change the laws on how people who suffer from mental illness are being processed through the criminal justice system. The department of corrections has become a warehouse for the mentally disabled. It's time we shift our thinking. We understand that de-institutionalization is not appropriate for all people suffering from mental illness. However, the government’s approach to increasing the use of jails and prisons for those deemed unmanageable with mental illness is unsatisfactory. It does not equip jail and prison personnel to handle the complex nature of this disease.

If a person has a certifiable mental illness, they should not be treated with inhumanity for having this disease. Solitary confinement is unproductive. The lack of social simulation is harmful regardless of the inmate’s mental status, and studies have shown that isolation can have psychological implications. The mentally disabled are extremely vulnerable to this type of punishment. It can actually exacerbate their already fragile mental condition; they should not be dehumanized because of their illness. Mental illness is a disease of the mind and should be treated as such. We don't punish people because they have diabetes, cancer, etc. So why is this country punishing the mentally ill? They are not disposable! They are human beings!  How did this country reverse back to the barbaric abuses and neglects that were once denounced? It was those neglectful practices, such as isolation, that partially lead to the outcry for de-institutionalization. We feel that solitary confinement constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment," which is prohibited in the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

An individual with severe mental illness requires constant professional care with a well-trained and compassionate staff. Our organization’s position would be to have all certified mentally ill individuals who break the law, committed to a long-term mental health facility. A place where they can be treated with human dignity and receive proper medical treatment. Let’s bring back a new mental health system to house these voiceless souls. Housing the severely mentally ill in a proper long-term therapeutic environment will protect them from inhumane treatment, and the public would be safer.

In addition, when the mentally ill are released from prison, they do not have adequate housing. Thus, they wander the streets, break into abandoned buildings for shelter, are taken advantage of, and use illegal drugs to self-medicate. Finding housing is always difficult for ex-offenders, but the challenge is even more acute for the mentally ill. "For the severely mentally ill, there is virtually no facility designed for long-term inpatient care," says Sherri Sullivan, director of Bridgeview Manor, the only residential treatment center in Ohio that accepts the indigent mentally ill. "If they exist, they exist as a group home, and most group homes don't offer treatment."

If you have a son or daughter incarcerated and you feel the way I do, please sign-up and become a member. We might correct some of these issues, but change only comes with the support and demand of the citizens.

If we want to change, we will have to fight for it. We cannot hide from it. "God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers."

Rhonda Robinson,
M.I.S.S. Founder

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” — Nelson Mandela

 

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Click the following to read the article:  NPR

 

 

 

A M.I.S.S. member was chosen to tell her story on the OWN network’s show ‘The Book of John.’

You can watch the full episode of Season 1, ( THE MID-NIGHT SERMON, 108) by clicking the following link and signing-up through your cable company to the OWN Network's mobile app. http://www.oprah.com/own-thebookofjohngray/The-Emotional-Reality-of-Having-a-Family-Member-in-Prison-Video

   

Click the following link to listen to the Portland, Oregon KBOO radio show featuring M.I.S.S. members :  M.I.S.S. Members' Radio Interview 

Click following link to read article and comments from M.I.S.S. members: Here

 

 

"Beware of a person who has tried to steal your concepts, destroy your character, your money or your relationships. A snake only sheds its skin to become a bigger snake." — Author Unknown

Lisa Martin posted a status
He thinks I can fix his predicament but I can’t, I’m almost to the point of not wanting to visit him too stressful. It is heartbreaking,
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Lisa Martin posted a status
My son Mitch is in Rutherford County NC facing 15 to 18 for domestic violence this is his first violence charges, the rest have been drugs,
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Lisa Martin and Laura Wallace are now friends
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Christie Hicks and Laura Wallace are now friends
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Kathy Crowe and Brenda Bowden are now friends
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Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 to everyone. God bless.
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Hello Mother's Of Society
Welcome to all our New Members. And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Spread Love, Joy and Happiness.
Nov 24
Shari and Christie Hicks are now friends
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LouAnn and Dionne Fowler joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Nov 17
Pamela Denise Jackson and Kelly Corrigan are now friends
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Kathy Crowe is now friends with Shannon Garth and Stacey Dick
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Ro Golden and Kelly Corrigan are now friends
Nov 17
Shari is now friends with Melissa and Crystal L Tio
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Sabrina Gore and Angelena Morris joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
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Angelena Morris posted a status
Hi Everyone if there is any other zoom meetings as I missed this one.
Nov 13
Angelena Morris and Stephanie Adair are now friends
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"I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the beautiful and courageous mothers of MISS for their unwavering support and loyalty toward their loved ones, as well as to the greater cause at hand. I also am very grateful for the extremely thoughtful and generous outpouring of positive energy in my direction. The letters have been well received. I am sending each of you all my very best."

With love, Cameron Douglas

(Note: Cameron is the son of actor Michael Douglas)

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A message from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:

"M.I.S.S.

Thank you so very much for your continued encouragement & support. You all are an incredible blessing to me, and so many of us. Blessings to you & your families."

Kwame