An in-depth book about twenty-six-year-old Tony Lester’s preventable suicide and how he struggled to be recognized as a special needs person from the time he was arrested to the time he died. Real case documentation that has been validated by internal reports and inspections. This book will make you think about the role the criminal justice system plays with those seriously mentally ill and experiencing coping and functional difficulties.

No political slandering here; just the facts as they were reported by KPNX investigative reporter Wendy Halloran and myself and how the family sought help in exposing the wrongful death of their son, nephew, leaving behind a young girl left without her father ever coming home to her.

This book comprehensively covers the police report, the rule 11 procedures, and the investigation into his death. Also included are excerpts from the ACLU findings and how they applied to Tony’s personal crises and how his needs were downplayed due to cultural beliefs inmates are manipulators and always have a motive, thus they are liars and unworthy of trust or care for their problems.

Based on the same dynamics found by the ACLU experts, this reveals the shoddy work of the state’s medical and psychiatric care standards applied in ad hoc conditions because of lack of commitment, resources, staffing, and training. Tony experienced the perfect storm when he was incarcerated and died in less than four months of doing time.

An exclusive peek at a crisis situation still simmering inside the department of corrections systems that has failed him and thousands of others. It shows how his treatment needs were ignored as well as his pleas unheeded resulting in his death and how they compare to today’s findings still broken and still not fixed.

This book is an in-depth detailed layout of the culture, the practices, the deliberate indifferences toward the mentally ill and how mentally ill persons are victimized and criminalized by political and criminal justice approaches and dynamics toward the seriously ill persons and how they must deal with the stigmas and discrimination of being a mentally ill person inside Arizona prisons.

Dynamics include sociopolitical ramifications for being incarcerated, suicide watch culture, adequate care and treatment, security attitudes toward these special needs persons, and much more.
Real case scenarios listed from the ACLU class action lawsuit that resembles or duplicates Tony’s plight, frustration, and situations that ended his life. This book illustrates shoddy death investigations, marginalized attitudes about human values in prison and other cultural influences that dictate how prisons are run, prisoners are mistreated and even some darkness on solitary confinement in the detention units and max custody facilities. A real wakeup call for many who have family members in prison and others wanting to change prison conditions.

Included are the family’s frustrations with an agency which boasts the best defense of keeping secrets behind closed doors and the struggle KPNX and Wendy Halloran went through to get the secret video.

All in all, it is an in-depth account of how a wrongful death leaves people devastated and asking the most frequent question: why? When you read this book you will see the root of causes. After you read this book, you will understand the agony and despair a mentally ill person endures when they are labeled, ignored, or ridiculed by the system that is supposedly protect them.
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“FINALLY after four and half years of pure agony and …”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Patti Jones

FINALLY after four and half years of pure agony and such emotional heartache the entire truth will finally be revealed in it’s entirety, My sister’s ONLY child’s story will finally be told.
The truth that the POWERS to BE fought relentlessly to keep hidden from public scrutiny; from AZ taxpayers .
The reasons WHY these powers to be never wanted this case to ever see the daylight of an AZ courtroom!!
The deplorable treatment that a severally mentally ill inmate endured in our AZ criminal justice system!
Now paving the way for permanent legislation! Vowing to NEVER let another mother loose their ONLY child so needlessly.It is through this most compelling novel that JUSTICE will now be served to it’s fullest extent! And the entire truth will be told!

About the Author

First and foremost, a sincere and deep appreciation for visiting and buying my Kindle E-books and paperbacks. When I did my bio on this author page I wrote what was on my mind and in my heart. Therefore, some of my books are some awkwardly titled and sometimes controversial in content but they are are all written for one purpose – to provoke you to think. Some are deliberately short and slightly twisted or dark. I strongly believe that mood and attitude drive the brain. Others are written to be brief and to the point for those who don’t like long stories and have very little time or short attention spans (sarcasm) so I am the first to acknowledge my writings are different and with your help and reviews provided, I know I will do better and study or amend my books as they are written and read. The fact that I read my reviews is my way of studying what the reader wants, not what the author wants.
I read and take into consideration every review written and received, no matter how harsh these reviews may be as I am used to candidness, sarcasm, and open dialogues as a retired prison warden who has dealt with the “worst of the worst” society could lock up in prison and separate from our communities to serve their time. My skin is only as thick as the occasion calls for at the time of the encounter. As most will notice, these books don’t conform to any style. They are usually not politically correct and are for those who call themselves ‘free-thinkers.’
My writings whether fiction, non-fiction, and all genre do not fall into a specific category -why? Because I write what I feel, and that’s a flawed style today as all has to be perfect to please everyone. I understand that concept well. However, I write for myself and those who want to get to know me as a person or author. I am far from perfect, yet I want to express myself at my terms and those others understand without all the political correctness. At the same time, when I do write and receive feedback, I always take that feedback into consideration for the future or to revise or amend what I have already written.
As a reader, you are my editor and you set the tone or tempo/mood for the books. For that, I am eternally grateful. I love people, I respect people and I recognize people as my family as we are all connected one way or another. I write to express what is on my mind. There are no formalities to my thought process. I am spontaneously writing down what I am thinking. My writings are sometimes raw, rude, crude and every other negative in the book business. They are, however, filled with passion, respect, dignity and love for mankind and the human race. I believe we are all connected.
In my books, there are writings of love, hate, war, peace, wrath, and compassion. I write the reality of the world I live in. It’s not a pretty world but its the real world. I have lived good people and bad people in my life. At work, I was associated with liars, cheats, crooks, perverts and the seriously mentally ill. I am a real person, not superficial but real. I dig for the truth of my life and the things that evolve or impact around me. On the other side of the coin I write fictional and fantasy short stories to bring a lighter side of life to the reader. I enjoy people, animals, and nature.

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