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End the torture of autistic juvenile Blade Reed in the Wabash Prison | Facebook

End the torture of autistic juvenile Blade Reed in the Wabash Prison | Facebook | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

Melissa Higgins Steve Sydebotham Gloria Fernandez Suarez Save Cristian Fernandez Seeking Justice

Sunday, 26 February 2012 at 00:00 until Saturday, 3 March 2012 at 07:00

 

We have started this event to ask people to phone/email/write to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility to ask them to cease in their abuse and torture of an autistic juvenile. Furthermore, we are asking people to request that Blade be transferred to the juvenile corrections program right away so he may receive the education, rehabilitation services, and special needs programs he is promised by law.

He has been treated as a throwaway child, his life deemed worthless and irrelevant. That is all going to change. Beginning now. And here's why...

Blade Reed was 13 years old when he was involved in a crime, along with his older brother, involving two elderly neighbors. Despite being significantly developmentally and cognitively disabled, Blade was sentenced to 30 years in the adult criminal court for robbery (with severe bodily injury). At the time of the crime he was reportedly functioning at the level of an 8-to-10 year old child. To date, Blade is 17 years old and he does not even function at the level of a 12 year old child.

Blade is autistic. Though his disability is a part of his permanent medical record, the prison facility responsible for his care has subjected him to torture and abuse that would be unacceptable for any person, let alone someone who is autistic.

Since Blade's incarceration in Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (an adult facility) he has suffered a long list of egregious punishments and horrors, ranging from multiple sexual assaults and violent beatings. To escape these horrendous conditions and further torture at the hands of others, Blade has attempted to commit suicide a number of times.

Blade has been held in solitary confinement since February 8th because of an altercation he had with another inmate.

On February 25th, Blade was moved from solitary confinement into a "strip cell" for the entire day before he was moved back to solitary confinement.

Blade is an autistic individual functioning below the level of a 12 year old child. The Indiana Department of Corrections has the ability to house him in their juvenile corrections program and facility until he is 21. In such a setting Blade would receive access to an education, rehabilitation services, and accommodations for his disability. Currently he is receiving none of those things. He is experiencing what can only be described as torture and abuse at the hands of those who have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure his safety and care.

Petition is here. (more details about Blade's situation and case are provided in the petition description, along with updates about what is happening with him now) Please sign and share with others:

https://www.change.org/petitions/end-the-torture-of-autistic-juvenile-blade-reed-in-the-wabash-prison

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:

Commissioner of the Indiana Dept. of Corrections
Bruce Lemmon
(317) 232-5711
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: padams@idoc.in.gov

Superindendent of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
Richard Brown
(812) 398-5050
6908 S. Old U.S. Highway 41
P.O. Box 500
Carlisle , IN 47838
Email: rbrown@idoc.in.gov

Indiana Dept. of Corrections Chief of Staff
Amanda Copeland
(317) 232-5706
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204
wellar@idoc.in.gov

Indiana Ombudsman Bureau Director
Charlene Burkett
Tel: (317) 234-3190
402 W. Washington St.
Room W479
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: Ombud@idoa.in.gov

Much more about Blade Reed may be found here:
http://www.believing-in-blade.org/
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Stop Making Juvenile Justice a Racial Issue!

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On growing up in the Inner City

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Inside Juvenile Detention: Aaron

This exclusive Calamari Educational Media vignette introduces Aaron, a young man who finds himself in a vexing predicament when the system identifies him as ...
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CPS Destruction in NJ, Cover Up of Foster Home Abuse

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The *ONE CHILD AT A TIME * Daily

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A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by ONE CHILD AT A TIME .

“Seeking Changes in the irrational and illogical Juvenile sentencing laws, we developed the One Child at a Time Network. One Child will highlight, Advocate and Campaign for the end of life without Parole for all Juvenile Defendants, seek the abolishment of Juveniles tried in Adult Court rooms and fight for recognition of the benefits of Rehabilative methods rather than Retributive.

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Consent decree would ban isolation, private jails for youths

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Mississippi juveniles no longer will be housed in a private prison or held in solitary confinement, according to a lawsuit's proposed settlement.
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What life is like for a 14-year-old killer tried as an adult in Indiana

What life is like for a 14-year-old killer tried as an adult in Indiana | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
PENDLETON, Ind. Paul Henry Gingerich awoke on the morning of his 14th birthday to the sound of a voice -- his prison guard.
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Teen's appeal of adult trial set to proceed

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Attorneys for an imprisoned Kosciusko County teenager may proceed with their attempt to get the boy’s sentence and conviction overturned after the state’s effort to dismiss the challenge was rejected.
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Fixing the time in youth crime: Long, harsh sentences not seen as way to rehabilitate | Deseret News

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For Utah's youngest criminals, prison smells like potpourri. Life is simple.
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Teen charged as juvenile in Ohio high school shooting

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Thomas Lane Jr., was charged Thursday with three juvenile counts of aggravated murder in connection with Monday's school shooting.
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Judge: Mich. hit man's confession won't clear teen

Judge: Mich. hit man's confession won't clear teen | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
A judge refused Tuesday to throw out a teenager's guilty plea to four slayings in a Detroit drug den, despite the confession of a hit man in prison for other murders who said he never used the one-eyed, learning disabled boy as an accomplice.
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Should the state compensate the wrongfully convicted?

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Imagine you are locked away in prison for years for a crime you didn’t commit.
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Juvenile Justice Should NOT Be About Race!

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Vindy.com - Blocking access to a murder

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Search for Bianca

Three months after her disappearance, the mother of missing toddler Bianca Jones says she still believes her daughter will be found safe.
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Court rules on children, their right to attorney

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The state Supreme Court for the first time recognized that children have "at least the same due process right to counsel as do indigent parents."


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You Tell Us: Should A Youth Jail Be Built in Baltimore?

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Patch wants to know whether our readers believe building a youth jail in Baltimore is a good idea or if they money should be used differently.
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Some questions over drop in Orange Co. juvenile crime

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The State Attorney's office says it's related to prosecuting more young people as adults.
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Child abuse scandal is not over, says Dublin Archbishop

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Juvenile Education: Inside a Confined World

Photographer and professor Richard Ross has spent the last five years documenting juvenile detention facilities throughout the nation. The NewsHour recently ...
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Judge won’t clear learning disabled teen in 4 Detroit killings despite hit man’s confession

DETROIT — A judge refused Tuesday to throw out a teenager’s guilty plea to four slayings in a Detroit drug den, despite the confession of a hit man in prison for other murders who said he never used the one-eyed, learning disabled boy as an...
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