The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering America’s criminal justice system. Why The "Marshall" Project? Thurgood Marshall is an American hero.

His work as a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, laid the groundwork for the modern U.S. civil rights movement. As the first African-American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he was a persuasive advocate for a living and breathing Constitution that sees beyond the prejudices of revolutionary America. If Marshall were alive, I have no doubt that he would place criminal justice reform high among the urgent priorities of today’s civil rights movement, and that his would be a powerful voice for change. It is for these reasons that I chose to name The Marshall Project in his honor. — Neil Barsky, founder of The Marshall Project

Mission: The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

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“Solitary confinement can be torturous, but for a prisoner like me it’s a vacation.” After two decades in a single-perso...
09/25/2020
I Hate My Prison Dorm So Much, I Enjoyed COVID-19 Quarantine in the Box

“Solitary confinement can be torturous, but for a prisoner like me it’s a vacation.”

After two decades in a single-person cell, Corey Devon Arthur moved to an open dorm with 30 other men. Between the smells, stress and lack of privacy, he was happy to spend time in solitary confinement.

After two decades in a single-person cell, I moved to an open dorm with 30 other men. Between the smells, stress and lack of privacy, I was happy to spend time in solitary confinement.

New for The Marshall Project and Vox: Trump has repeatedly spoken of bringing law and order to cities that are full of “...
09/25/2020
Is Violent Crime Rising In Cities Like Trump Says? Well, It's Complicated.

New for The Marshall Project and Vox: Trump has repeatedly spoken of bringing law and order to cities that are full of “anarchy and mayhem.” Biden, on the other hand, emphasized that the crime rate dropped while he was the vice president, and a surge of murders happened under Trump’s watch. In reality, most types of crime decreased this summer, while serious violent crimes, such as aggravated assault and murder, increased.

Criminologists generally caution against looking for simple causes to explain crime trends or drawing broad conclusions from a few months of data, and those cautions are even more important since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which introduced unfamiliar patterns. And yet that hasn’t stopped politicians and pundits from pointing fingers at what they believe caused the increase in violent crime rates—the protests against police violence, movements to defund the police and efforts to release people from overcrowded jails and prisons ravaged by coronavirus are just a few of the alleged culprits.

But The Marshall Project and Vox have parsed findings from January to June, as well as decades prior for comparison, and the data does not support that these are the causes of a rise in violent crime. Understanding what drives crime rates is complicated because there’s no single cause or answer. What is known, however, is that sensational media reports and misleading statements from politicians can blow the degree of violence out of proportion and make the public believe that crime is increasing, even when it isn’t.

As the country gears up for the presidential election—and the messaging of politicians and the media that comes with it—read more for how to think through what the summer’s crime trends mean and how to move forward:

Trump speaks of "anarchy and mayhem" in cities. Here's what the data really shows.

Updated numbers at our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 infections and deaths in U.S. prisons. By Sept. 22, at least 1...
09/24/2020
A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

Updated numbers at our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 infections and deaths in U.S. prisons. By Sept. 22, at least 132,677 incarcerated people had tested positive for the illness, up 5% from the week before. No fewer than 1,108 people behind bars have died from the coronavirus.

The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

If the Senate confirms President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the new justice could have a decisive i...
09/24/2020
How Losing RBG Could Shape Criminal Justice For Years to Come

If the Senate confirms President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the new justice could have a decisive impact on rulings involving police misconduct, deportation and the fate of juvenile lifers.

Juvenile lifers, victims of police misconduct and immigrants convicted of minor crimes are among those with a lot at stake before the changing court.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a revered feminist icon. Her legacy on issues such as prisoners’ rights, capital punishment, rac...
09/23/2020
RBG’s Mixed Record on Race and Criminal Justice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a revered feminist icon. Her legacy on issues such as prisoners’ rights, capital punishment, racial justice and tribal sovereignty has been less examined. Experts weigh in at The Marshall Project.

The feminist icon’s legacy on issues such as prisoners’ rights, the death penalty, racial justice and tribal sovereignty has been less examined.

While Trump has poured millions into Facebook ads on crime and policing since the George Floyd protests, the Biden campa...
09/23/2020
Trump’s Crime and Carnage Ad Blitz Is Going Unanswered on Facebook

While Trump has poured millions into Facebook ads on crime and policing since the George Floyd protests, the Biden campaign avoided the subject of criminal justice on Facebook altogether, an analysis by The Marshall Project revealed.

The president has spent millions on misleading Facebook ads targeting undecided voters, while Joe Biden has been virtually silent.

When Kao Saelee was released on Aug. 6 after 22 years in the California prison system, he was immediately detained by Im...
09/22/2020
He fought wildfires while imprisoned. California reported him to Ice for deportation

When Kao Saelee was released on Aug. 6 after 22 years in the California prison system, he was immediately detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement. He's now awaiting deportation to Laos, a country his family fled as refugees when he was two.

Kao Saelee told the Guardian his sister was waiting outside the prison to pick him up on his release date, but guards transferred him to US immigration

A trove of previously secret government documents reveal how banks move trillions in "suspicious transactions," enrichin...
09/22/2020
Secret Documents Show How Criminals Use Famous Banks To Finance Terror And Death

A trove of previously secret government documents reveal how banks move trillions in "suspicious transactions," enriching shareholders while facilitating the work of terrorists, kleptocrats, and drug traffickers.

Thousands of secret “suspicious activity reports” offer a never-before-seen picture of corruption and complicity — and how the government lets it flourish.

There are over 230,000 women and girls in U.S. prisons and jails, an increase of more than 750 percent since 1980. Condi...
09/21/2020
Confinement and Contagion

There are over 230,000 women and girls in U.S. prisons and jails, an increase of more than 750 percent since 1980. Conditions for most were dire before the arrival of the coronavirus. They’ve been abused and neglected by guards, deprived of rehabilitative programs and denied adequate medical and mental health care. Now that COVID-19 is in their midst, things have gotten worse. “This population is thrown away,” an advocate says.

The coronavirus has made those in women’s prisons still more vulnerable. “The world at large has forgotten us,” one woman wrote from Texas. “We are the most disempowered and despised population,” another wrote from Arizona. A woman in Kansas reported that within weeks of the declaration of...

NEW: In Brevard County, Florda—where Donald Trump won by 19% in 2016—is a test of whether demands for law enforcement ac...
09/20/2020
The Sheriff’s Race Pitting Trump Against Black Lives Matter

NEW: In Brevard County, Florda—where Donald Trump won by 19% in 2016—is a test of whether demands for law enforcement accountability has broad appeal.

The incumbent makes viral videos from mugshots and encourages citizens to arm themselves to confront the “bad guys” before his deputies arrive. The challenger is a former public defender who promises to release video of a suspicious jailhouse death.

Will demands for law enforcement accountability reach popular tough-on-crime sheriffs? A Florida race offers a test.

What is it like to be behind bars, trying not to get sick, waiting for your shot to go home?
09/19/2020
Byron Miller’s Race Against Time

What is it like to be behind bars, trying not to get sick, waiting for your shot to go home?

Months ago, the attorney general ordered pandemic prison releases. After 24 years behind bars, Miller is one of many still waiting for a ticket home.

After serving more than 21 years for a crime he committed at age 15, Angel Alejandro was reintroducing himself to his fa...
09/18/2020
How COVID-19 Tested the Family Bonds I Was Building When I Got Out

After serving more than 21 years for a crime he committed at age 15, Angel Alejandro was reintroducing himself to his family. Then the virus took three relatives.

After serving more than 21 years for a crime he committed at age 15, Angel Alejandro was reintroducing himself to his family. Then the virus took three relatives.

We just updated our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 cases + deaths in prison, in collaboration with AP. At least 125,...
09/17/2020
A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

We just updated our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 cases + deaths in prison, in collaboration with AP. At least 125,692 people in prison had tested positive, up 4% from the week before. No fewer than 1,065 incarcerated people have died.

While more than 27,622 prison staff members have tested positive, only 77 deaths have been publicly reported.

The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

President Trump has quietly nominated a slate of tough-on-crime former prosecutors to run a powerful agency that writes ...
09/17/2020
Before Election, Trump Tries To Stack Prison-Sentencing Agency With Right Wing Allies

President Trump has quietly nominated a slate of tough-on-crime former prosecutors to run a powerful agency that writes the sentencing rules for the entire federal prison system. “These are honestly some of the most extreme right-wing nominees the administration could have possibly come up with,” said a former Obama administration appointee.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission, required by law to be bipartisan, helps set prison terms for more than 70,000 people every year.

ProPublica reports that federal immigration agents deported a woman this week who was a key witness in a case involving ...
09/16/2020
ICE Deported a Woman Who Accused Guards of Sexual Assault While the Feds Were Still Investigating the Incident

ProPublica reports that federal immigration agents deported a woman this week who was a key witness in a case involving guards at a Texas detention center accused of sexually abusing female detainees in areas not covered by surveillance cameras.

The DHS and DOJ inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. DHS instructed ICE not to deport a key witness, then suddenly decided to allow it.

After months of protests that turned Breonna Taylor’s name into a national slogan against police violence,  city officia...
09/15/2020
Breonna Taylor’s Family to Receive $12 Million Settlement From City of Louisville

After months of protests that turned Breonna Taylor’s name into a national slogan against police violence, city officials agreed to pay her family $12 million and institute reforms aimed at preventing future deaths by officers. The agreement they reached was relatively quick compared to other cases of police shootings, which have often dragged through court, taking years.

In the aftermath of the botched police raid in which Ms. Taylor was killed, the city also agreed to institute changes aimed at preventing future deaths by officers.

Massive wildfires in Oregon have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, The Guardian reports, with thousa...
09/11/2020
Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot

Massive wildfires in Oregon have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, The Guardian reports, with thousands now packed into a single overcrowded prison that was already a major COVID-19 hotspot.

Authorities admit the cramped conditions at the Oregon state penitentiary in Salem could further spread virus

Coronavirus restrictions have prevented Lizzie Fatseas, a clinical social worker, from making her usual Saturday visits ...
09/11/2020
How Counseling Incarcerated Clients Helps Me Heal

Coronavirus restrictions have prevented Lizzie Fatseas, a clinical social worker, from making her usual Saturday visits to counsel people in prison. It's not just her clients who lose out on healing. "I channel my pain into empathy, regardless of why my clients are in jail," she writes in the latest Life Inside.

My brother committed suicide because he felt totally alone. As a volunteer social worker at a jail, I can let even the most judged people know that someone cares.

COVID-19 now has killed at least 1,017 prisoners. And over 120,000 men and women behind bars have tested positive for th...
09/11/2020
A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

COVID-19 now has killed at least 1,017 prisoners. And over 120,000 men and women behind bars have tested positive for the coronavirus inside federal and state prisons—a 5 percent increase over the past week.

The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

There's more evidence that overdose deaths are rising during the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal report. Blocked from ...
09/09/2020
The Opioid Crisis, Already Serious, Has Intensified During Coronavirus Pandemic

There's more evidence that overdose deaths are rising during the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal report. Blocked from access to care and treatment, some users are finding deadly variants of their illegal drugs.

Overdose deaths are rising as the pandemic destabilizes people who struggle with addiction during a time of social isolation, job loss and stress, according to data collected by The Wall Street Journal and addiction experts.

A Florida family opted for restorative justice over the death penalty for the man who murdered their mom. What happened ...
09/07/2020
They Agreed to Meet Their Mother’s Killer. Then Tragedy Struck Again.

A Florida family opted for restorative justice over the death penalty for the man who murdered their mom. What happened next made them question the very meaning of justice.

A Florida family opted for restorative justice over the death penalty for the man who murdered their mom. What happened next made them question the very meaning of justice.

The Marshall Project is a finalist for an impressive 10 Online Journalism Awards across eight categories, including “Gen...
09/05/2020
The Marshall Project Named Finalist for 10 Online Journalism Awards

The Marshall Project is a finalist for an impressive 10 Online Journalism Awards across eight categories, including “General Excellence in Online Journalism.” The awards, granted by the Online News Association, honor excellence in digital journalism by news organizations around the world.

Nominated for “General Excellence” and so much more.

The autopsy for Daniel Prude, the Black man in Rochester who died of after police put a "spit bag" over his head and pre...
09/04/2020
As George Floyd Died, Officer Wondered About “Excited Delirium”

The autopsy for Daniel Prude, the Black man in Rochester who died of after police put a "spit bag" over his head and pressed his face into pavement for several minutes, reports "excited delirium” as a contributing factor in his death. Read our June story on the controversial diagnosis that's often used to justify excessive force by police.

Now experts say the controversial diagnosis may become part of the police defense.

Morgan Godvin asked for a few days in an Oregon jail in to help her overcome a setback she had while trying to get off h...
09/04/2020
I Thought Jail Would Help Me Get Clean. I Was Dead Wrong.

Morgan Godvin asked for a few days in an Oregon jail in to help her overcome a setback she had while trying to get off heroin. She made sure to bring her a doctor’s prescription and her Suboxone with her to stabilize herself. But her medicine was immediately taken away and she was deprived of any more during her brief stay behind bars, forcing her into a withdrawal that left her vulnerable to a relapse. She writes the latest Life Inside for The Marshall Project.

I asked a drug court to send me to jail to get stabilized. But when the jail refused to give me my Suboxone, everything came crashing down.

We just updated our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 in prisons, in collaboration with AP.  At least 115,089 people ha...
09/03/2020
A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

We just updated our state-by-state tracker of COVID-19 in prisons, in collaboration with AP. At least 115,089 people have tested positive for the illness behind bars and no fewer than 973 had died.

The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

Daniel Prude died March 30 after police in Rochester, New York, put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the p...
09/03/2020
Video in Black man's suffocation shows cops put hood on him

Daniel Prude died March 30 after police in Rochester, New York, put a hood over his head and pressed his face into the pavement.

His death received no public attention until Wednesday, when Prude's family came forward with police body camera video.

A Black man who had run naked through the streets of a western New York city died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement...

California has long depended on incarcerated people to fight wildfires. But policies and prejudice make it hard for the ...
09/02/2020
The Former Prisoners Fighting California’s Wildfires

California has long depended on incarcerated people to fight wildfires. But policies and prejudice make it hard for the same people to get hired when they're free. "We're equally eligible to go do the job. Just normalize a pathway. You already use these people."

“When people are in need, they don’t give a sh*t where you’re from or what your history is.”

On struggle for voting rights in Florida—especially for people who've served time in prison.
08/31/2020
Who Gets to Vote in Florida?

On struggle for voting rights in Florida—especially for people who've served time in prison.

With the election hanging in the balance, Republican leaders continue a long fight over voting rights.

More than 108,000 prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five percent over last week’s tally. At le...
08/28/2020
A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons

More than 108,000 prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five percent over last week’s tally. At least 928 prisoners and 72 prison employees have died.

The Marshall Project is collecting data on COVID-19 infections in state and federal prisons. See how the virus has affected correctional facilities where you live.

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Hello I am speaking in reference to a family member who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit(James Rashad Clay). There are officially documents that will prove that his conviction was based on planted false tainted evidence,digitally altered surveillance footages,perjured testimony, racially discriminated jury, ineffective counseling and a bias corrupt judge Kathryn Schrader(all of each are documented) who was illegally assigned as presiding judge over his case causing a void judgement. He was also served with an indictment that was never officially returned in open court due to no grand jury proceeding nor preliminary hearing. His arresting officer testified under to assuming he was the suspect of the crime he was convicted(no DNA match, no GSR residue,no eyewitnesses, nothing to prove he committed the crime. Once again everything is also documented. And I add, his trial was only 2 days. He is pro se but is in need of a lawyer who's not afraid to challenge the miscarriage of justice imposed on him. He also have Ga. Penal codes, state and federal constitution laws for further confirmation.Call me back (601-212-5553) at your convenience if you are willing to accept and make another change in the life of the wrongfully convicted. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.
Hello I am speaking in reference to a family member who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit(James Rashad Clay). There are officially documents that will prove that his conviction was based on planted false tainted evidence,digitally altered surveillance footages,perjured testimony, racially discriminated jury, ineffective counseling and a bias corrupt judge Kathryn Schrader(all of each are documented) who was illegally assigned as presiding judge over his case causing a void judgement. He was also served with an indictment that was never officially returned in open court due to no grand jury proceeding nor preliminary hearing. His arresting officer testified under to assuming he was the suspect of the crime he was convicted(no DNA match, no GSR residue,no eyewitnesses, nothing to prove he committed the crime. Once again everything is also documented. And I add, his trial was only 2 days. He is pro se but is in need of a lawyer who's not afraid to challenge the miscarriage of justice imposed on him. He also have Ga. Penal codes, state and federal constitution laws for further confirmation.Call me back (601-212-5553) at your convenience if you are willing to accept and make another change in the life of the wrongfully convicted. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day. https://www.cbs46.com/news/indictment-gwinnett-co-judge-hired-sex-offender-to-hack-into-county-s-computer-system/article_a515d932-da64-11e9-ae23-672d4e878138.html?fbclid=IwAR14DFvys7Da1idfO9B3_8OgIz1liuGsfTikDIDR3zszaVPyI4THhh1m4nw
Hello I am speaking in reference to a family member who was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit(James Rashad Clay). There are officially documents that will prove that his conviction was based on planted false tainted evidence,digitally altered surveillance footages,perjured testimony, racially discriminated jury, ineffective counseling and a bias corrupt judge Kathryn Schrader(all of each are documented) who was illegally assigned as presiding judge over his case causing a void judgement. He was also served with an indictment that was never officially returned in open court due to no grand jury proceeding nor preliminary hearing. His arresting officer testified under to assuming he was the suspect of the crime he was convicted(no DNA match, no GSR residue,no eyewitnesses, nothing to prove he committed the crime. Once again everything is also documented. And I add, his trial was only 2 days. He is pro se but is in need of a lawyer who's not afraid to challenge the miscarriage of justice imposed on him. He also have Ga. Penal codes, state and federal constitution laws for further confirmation.Call me back (601-212-5553) at your convenience if you are willing to accept and make another change in the life of the wrongfully convicted. Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.
The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL Presents a Virtual Play Reading of VEILS OF JUSTICE written by Tita Anntares and directed by Van Dirk Fisher on Sunday, September 27th at 8PM EST. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oi5kjWH8QtKB-f-YnhGHAA
The JOCUNDA FESTIVAL Presents a Virtual Play Reading of VEILS OF JUSTICE written by Tita Anntares and directed by Van Dirk Fisher on Sunday, September 27th at 8PM EST. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oi5kjWH8QtKB-f-YnhGHAA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Based on a true story ripped from the headlines. In Veils of Justice, a young Saudi Muslim, accused of raping and robbing at knifepoint a New York businessman, insists he is innocent. With a prosecutor determined to be the first to convict a Saudi of any crime since 9/11, Deena, his Jewish lawyer, assumes he is guilty, but deserves valid evidence and punishment, not revenge. Can Deena get a fair trial for Mazen Tamedo in NYC only a few years since the attacks by 15 Saudis among the 19 terrorists? SPECIAL NOTE: All names and identifiers have been changed. The Cast includes: STANLEY MARTIN as Mazen “Zen” Tamedo. Broadway credits include: Ensemble in Aladdin. International tour of West Side Story (Indio/Chino u/s), tour of Smokey Joe’s Café (Ken, Dance Captain), Hairspray (Fulton Opera House), The King and I, Show Boat (Sacramento Music Circus). TAIT RUPPERT as Blake Wingate. Broadway credits include: Candida with Joanne Woodward at the Roundabout. Off-Broadway: Jay in Lonestar, Billy & Boo in Album. Film credits include supporting roles in Diner, Swordfish, Battlefield Earth, The General’s Daughter and Domestic Disturbance. TV: recurring roles on Arli$$ (HBO) and Fat Actress (Showtime). MAGGIE MCCOLLESTER as Lynn Payne Wingate. TV credits include: guest star on Dexter (Showtime), The Unit (CBS) and Playdate (Lifetime), recurring role on The Young & The Restless (CBS) and One Life To Live (ABC). ALICE ROSE DOWNES as Deena Joseph. Theatre credits include: Morticia in Adams Family Musical, Princess in A Soldier’s Tale, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and Euridice in House of Hades. LISA SPONAUGLE as Geraldine “Gerrie” White. Television credits include a recurring role in Pushers, co-star in You Are The President and guest star in For My Man. DYLAN COMBS as Chris Payne. Theatre credits include: Joseph in Not That Illegal (Strawberry One-Act Festival), Beowulf in Beowulf: A Comedy (Underling Productions), Laertes in Hamlet (Underling Prods.) and Senator Norval Hedges in Born Yesterday (Monomoy Theatre). BIJOUX LUKELO as the Narrator. Theatre credits include: Pam Kansas/Black Panther in Billie and Malcolm: A Demonstration and Melissa Parker in This Means War (Castillo Theatre). There will be a TALK BACK afterwards with the Playwright, Director and Cast after the reading. Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the moderator. To learn more about the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL visit https://rcl.ink/Sz0 To submit your play for consideration for the Play Reading Series visit https://rcl.ink/GKw To make a DONATION to the JOCUNDA FESTIVAL visit https://rcl.ink/Sc8
White supremacy is not inevitable in the USA or anywhere else. Racist social policies create racist societies. https://www.facebook.com/pr0ftim/videos/10220454984061935/
I need help, this is honestly life or death, and I don't know where to turn to. My uncle was sentenced to 30 years and incarcerated for trafficking due to ignorance from a very expensive lawyer named TJ Hunsaker from the law firm Rosenblum, Schwartz, & Fry in St. Louis. He was supposed to be charged for conspiracy, but was told by TJ Hunsaker to plead guilty to trafficking (which he did not do, and there was proof). Basically, my uncle pleaded up, as told by his council, and now he is going to die in there if we don't do something. The charge was from 2017, and wasn't sentenced until a couple months ago. I'm not asking for help to get him released, even though he was wrongfully sentenced to begin with. That was the just the backstory of why he is incarcerated. The point of this post is that my uncle has Stage 4 Prostate Cancer, and he will not survive the year if something isn't done regarding his treatment, or lack thereof. The prison (ERDCC) is REFUSING his treatment, because "it is from a holistic approach," meaning they would rather spend thousands and thousands of dollars on his treatment, instead of simply following his treatment plan from his doctor he was seeing before he went in. All it is, is fruits and vegetables. That's all he could eat. A month or so prior to his court hearing, he found out the cancer was not detectable. He was beating it. The natural approach was working! Then prison happened. Within two weeks, his PSA levels rapidly increased, and he was going to die within a couple months. We called everyone we could think of, all over Missouri, for help. Finally we reached Melissa Massman, one of the people in Jefferson City in charge of handling the welfare of inmates in our state. She ended up reaching out to different people and got him back on his hormonal therapy, which slows down his cancer. Now we are at a stand still. No one will listen, no one will help, people quit answering their phones who were helping, and he will not survive his sentence, or even the next year, without some attention brought to it. Our justice system is so corrupt, we all know that. It just rarely gets light shed on it. My uncle opened up multiple youth facilities to help children in foster care, along with senior citizen apartments for seniors who don't have anywhere to live. Every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas, him and his fiance would prepare dinner for anyone who didn't have anywhere to go during the holidays. We had a gathering (not a fundraiser, because Steve is the type of person who would never ask for money), and had everyone who showed up record a short video on how he effected their lives. Hundreds of people showed up throughout the course of the day, and even more emailed their videos on who couldn't make it in person. He is a vital part of our community, and has hundreds and hundreds of people ready to back him up when/if need be. We want to get this story to a news station, or to any social media platform that will listen. If he dies in there, he will be leaving behind a 17 year old son, a daughter, 3 grandbabies (7, 2, & 6 months), along with an incredible fiance and her 3 sons, who he considers his own. They were supposed to be married by now. Also brothers, his father, nieces and nephews (I am his niece), and his great-uncle who is almost 90 years old, who is mentally disabled, severely. I'm tired of the way inmates are treated. Inmates are human beings, not slaves working for a dollar an hour doing the state's work, and they are most certainly not dollar signs. Something needs to change with the way these people are treated in there. Please let me know if there are any options, or the direction I should be headed in in order to get him his treatment. He was beating his cancer, and I cannot stress this enough, it was gone. Diets can be changed ONLY for religious reasons, not for medical reasons, regardless if it could save a life or not. Then again, our prison system and pharmaceutical companies aren't going to allow a treatment that involves natural, or "holistic" be proven effective in our country. Why cure someone, when you can treat them every single day, for the rest of their life, and bill them every step of the way? We just want him to be able to continue his treatment that he was using on the outside. A diet of fruits and vegetables is not much to ask for, considering they do it for religious inmates/people, and have no problem putting a patient through chemotherapy, and other extremely expensive treatments. Missouri alone has had so many people die this year from negligence from the Dept. of Corrections. He was sentenced to 30 years, but this is a death sentence.