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Spotted lantern flies may affect you. Why?

Remember the swarm of locust in the Bible


People incarcerated at OSP spend 23 hours aday in their cell; two days each week they arenot released from their cells at all. When they leave their cell it is either for a 15-minute shower three times a week or for one hour of recreation five days a week. Recreation can be either inside or outside, weather permitting. At OSP, indoor recreation is simply leaving one cell to enter a different one about 50 feet away. Yeah, I go to rec but what’s the point of me going to recreation when it ain’t nothing but me leaving my cell and go into this cell? -Bobby Williams, prisoner at OSP Each time a person is taken out of their cell to visits, to sit in a programming cage, or to medical care, they are stripsearched in a cage before being placed back into their cell. Each time a person exits their cell, they are handcuffed, put in leg shackles, and both wrist and ankle shackles are connected to a belt around the stomach. If a person needs medical care, they are placed in a medical cage.   Imagine


Entire Article On the outside, I had a therapist and I had the psychiatrist, the one who gave me the medications. Both of them were attentive and listened to what I had to say. It’s hard to get through something here, because you don’t have the therapy time. You just get the medications. … I’ll go lay down, and I’ll just cry. I don’t know what else to do. I still do sometimes when it gets frustrating. It’s hard when you got a problem and you try to communicate with somebody and they just don’t give a crap. -Robert Harmony, prisoner at SOCF People in solitary confinement aren’t the only ones who are affected by the lack of treatment and programming. Correctional officers must attempt to respond to prisoners’ needs, often without the training or resources to do so.  “People need proper diagnosis when they enter prison. Those mental health issues are exacerbated by incarceration. Officers don’t usually know until the prisoner goes off the deep end, and then it’s a real security problem.”

Released from Prison after getting out of Solitary Confinement

  “I’m going to hurt somebody. That’s just me being honest man. I hate to admit it though, but if I had to do the rest of my time, because I got so much anger and mental problems, I don’t think I’ll last long out there. … I ain’t got no, ain’t no programs or nothing. What I’m supposed to do out there? I don’t know nothing about the free world. That’s sad to say, but that’s true. I don’t know where to start or where to end.” -Anonymous, Prisoner at OSP Mansfield Correctional Institution has one of the largest number of people in solitary confinement in Ohio. In 2013, they released 845 people back to the community. In 2014, it was 964.48 ODRC does not keep data about how many were directly released from solitary confinement. Multiple studies show higher recidivism for individuals who were previously in solitary confinement. In other words, the use of solitary confinement in our prisons makes crimes in our communities more likely. People in prison in Arizona who spent a long time in solit