I provided testimony to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee-Daniel S. Jason and a 45 year sentence with no parole

…… There is a very high percentage of inmates who are mentally Ill.The story of this man’s sonwho got 45 years with no possibility of parole because he exhibited the signs of his illness -Asperger’s Syndrome – and committed no crime, is beyond acceptable. The judge wouldn’t allow testimony to be given that explained what this illness is. His life now is ruined. This happens so often. Most of the inmates in solitary confinement have a mental illness. There are so many changes needed in our criminal injustice system. Criminalization of mental illness should be a crime itself.

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Regarding: I provided testimony to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee-Daniel S. Jason and a 45 year sentence with no parole

Executive Director:Mary Gilberti

CC: Ron Honberg:

Your silence is deafening in the matter of my son.  His case affects every non-violent person who has been Criminalized for Mental Illness and Asperger Syndrome.  I just provided testimony to Washington. See the link below.   You should be providing testimony to Washington regarding my son.  It involves serious constitutional issues.  You should have written an Amici Curiae(friend of the court brief) from NAMI.  In my opinion, the  National NAMI organization has a history of being impotent, gutless and lacks real  leadership.

My non-violent son has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. He has already been in jail and prisons since 2007.   The Judge recommended he be given no parole.  This is for two voice messages and 16 emails in 2012. …

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Iowa’s Appeal Court approved a 45 year sentence last Wednesday on October 30, 2015. It’s called the Criminalization of Asperger Syndrome and Mental Illness.

A year ago I read about this. Today I connected to the father in the video. This is one of the worst cases in error of judgement in our court system I have heard. This affects me deeply because I raised a stepson from the age of 2 who was fortunate to get a diagnoses of Aspergers Syndrome at age 3. I understand what the father is talking about when he explains behaviors. It is mind blowing that a judge could criminalize these behaviors that hurt no one. To imprison him with a 45 year sentence, effectively taking away the rest of his life – because he has a brain disorder – is so wrong.

Comment here if you want, But please go to the original site and show your support to the father. And please, post this on your own social media. There are more connections on my site to do this. Help get the word out. He is appealing the sentence. Thank you.

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Press release to Associated Press:
Iowa’s Appeal Court approved a 45 year sentence last Wednesday on October 30, 2015. It’s called the Criminalization of Asperger Syndrome and Mental Illness.

Iowa affirmed Daniel S. Jason’s convictions in the Appellate Court. The Court approved Daniels’s 45 year sentence since he was a habitual offender. The Appellate Judges decided that wearing a shock belt despite being non-violent was irrelevant. There was no consideration that Jason was not even in the state. There was no consideration that Jason is not violent and has never been. There was no consideration of people with Asperger Syndrome being unable to show remorse. Despite the enormous debilitation caused by Asperger Syndrome, the court stated that Daniel has mild autism.
Basically, the Court ruled that Daniel is a smart guy, “with a photographic memory” to boot, whose ASD is of minor significance; and who tried to manipulate the judicial…

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I watched this today and it really brings home the fact that it matters how much money you have, as well as they color of your skin, if there are consequences to your actions.  When you watch this and see what he did and what he had to pay to stay free it kinda wants to make you throw up.  There are many people who have lost, and are losing nearly their entire lives for doing many times less than when he did.  Not only that, the percentage of people who gets paroled is down about 75%.

I found out yesterday that those that sit on our parole boards not only make over $100k a year, they do not need to have any education in the law, and many make judgement calls by their gut feelings, without even looking at the parole packet and looking at recommendations made. The government can lower the incarceration rate but the prison can make up for it by not letting people go.  But this is a subject for another post.