Saturday, November 17, 2018
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: No one cares about Crazy People: Part 3

The United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Jackson is a gleaming testament to the power of our federal government. The walls are literally works of art. The doors are hand carved in elaborate styles. Magnificent hallways and sheets of glass scream the power of modern prosperity.

So it seemed symbolic as I left the courtroom and noticed a 30-yard trail of blood all the way to the elevator.

I had just finished listening to testimony of a 26-year-old African-American man who had been in prison for seven years. He is mentally ill. Schizophrenia, bipolar - the works. He is a cutter, meaning that he won’t stop cutting himself. Several times he has come close to bleeding to death.

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