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7/5/12 04:33PM

Florida Department of Corrections Barbaric Killing of Floridians

Barbaric denial of diagnosis and treatment by Florida Department of Corrections kills Floridians. Justice lawsuit was filed today against the State of Florida, Department of Corrections and its medical providers for barbaric denial of medical diagnosis and treatment that killed Jack P. King, former




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TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA (July 3, 2012) – Justice lawsuit was filed today against the State of Florida, Department of Corrections and its medical providers for barbaric denial of medical diagnosis and treatment that killed Jack P. King, former National Water Ski Champion from Pensacola, Florida.  Copy of JACK P. KING v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Case No. 2012 CA 2060, Justice Lawsuit and Documents attached.

Jack P. King was a national water ski champion and marketing model from Pensacola, Florida, (photos attached) that was imprisoned for a violation of probation.  Jack died from callous, intentional and malicious refusal to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer with 7.0 x 6.4 x 6.0 cm of sclerotic yellow/white mass (the size of a baseball) that almost completely replaced the pancreas, and this mass infiltrated and perforated the posterior gastric wall of the stomach and created a 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm stomach ulcer (size of a golf ball) with tumor.  Plaintiff had metastatic disease in his peripancreatic lymph nodes, with numerous lymph nodes within the mass being replaced by the cancer.  Plaintiff also had liver cancer with a tumor.  Copy of Autopsy Report Attached as Exhibit A.

Due to the barbaric, callous and intentional refusal to diagnose and treat, on August 23, 2010, counsel for JACK P. KING, wrote to the DOC Secretary, Walter A. McNeil; DOC General Counsel, Kathleen Von Hoene, Esq.; U.S. Department of Justice Chief Special Litigation Department, Civil Rights Division, Judy Preston, Esq.; Florida Attorney General, Bill McCollum; and WCI Warden, Russell Hosford, providing written notice of this abject failure to diagnose and treat in violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  Despite the clear urgency and unequivocal written notice of barbarism and human abuse, not one state or federal governmental official responded.  Copy of August 23, 2010 Letter Attached as part of Cumulative Exhibit B.

“Floridians need to know that their government inflicts barbaric pain and abuse upon its citizens with callous disregard for human life,” said Professor Tim Howard.  “How can we claim to love our fellow Floridians while creating institutions that intentionally kill them?” asked Professor Howard.  “This violates every humanitarian, Christian (12 million in Florida) and religious value we believe in, yet no one is held accountable.  It is time for accountability.”



The facts of this barbarism is consistent with the United State’s denial of humane treatment and respect for its citizens nationwide, and particularly in Southern States, where the incarceration rates and lengths of sentencing exceed that of any dictatorship, totalitarian regime, or any other country on the planet, and in human history.

“Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact of our country today,” writes the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. “Over all, there are now more people under ‘correctional supervision’ in America - more than 6 million - than were in the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin at its height.”

The U.S. has 760 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. That’s not just many more than in most other developed countries but seven to 10 times as many. Japan has 63 per 100,000, Germany has 90, France has 96, South Korea has 97, and ­Britain - with a rate among the ­highest - has 153.  Id. Florida is a national leader in incarceration rates, exceeding the national average.

Partly as a result, the money that states spend on prisons has risen at six times the rate of spending on higher education in the past 20 years. For instance, in 2011, California spent $9.6 billion on prisons vs. $5.7 billion on the UC system and state colleges. Since 1980, California has built one college campus and 21 prisons. A college student costs the state $8,667 per year; a prisoner costs it $45,006 a year.

Similarly, Florida has over 102,000 inmates, and 150,000 inmates in community supervision at a cost of over $2.3 billion,, yet spends the least per capita of any state in the nation on higher education.

The results are gruesome at every ­level. We are creating a vast prisoner under­class in this country at huge expense, increasingly unable to function in normal society, all in the name of a war we have already lost.

The United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 743 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Rwanda (c. 595), Russia (568), Georgia (547), U.S. Virgin Is. (539), Seychelles (507), St Kitts & Nevis (495), British Virgin Is. (468), Belize (439), Dominica (431), Bermuda (428), Grenada (423) and Curacao (422), and Iran (333).

With more than 2.3 million people locked up, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of 100 American adults is behind bars – while a stunning one out of 32 is on probation, parole or in prison. This reliance on mass incarceration has created a thriving prison economy. The states and the federal government spend about $74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people work in the industry.

National and Florida politicians claim to love America, but the institutions they control cruelly abuse Americans with barbarism and disdainful treatment equivalent to a hate that is far more cruel and destructive than the minor drug offenses and probation violations of addicts that constitute most of these inmates.  This Florida-based barbarism was inflicted upon JACK P. KING.


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