To: Judge Judith Levy

#SaveDemitrius

#SaveDemitrius

Save Demitrius Manderfield! Release him from Milan Federal Correctional Facility so he can receive proper treatment for his chronic illness!

Why is this important?

Demitrius Manderfield is being tortured in a Michigan jail and may potentially die if he does not receive help. Demitrius is 20-years-old and is suffering from the painful and chronic illness sickle beta thalassemia. He has not been convicted of any crime, yet has been caged behind bars for three months now. To make matters worse, he’s jailed at Midland Federal Correctional Facility and they have been denying him access to proper healthcare for three months now. His judge, Judith Levy, promised that she would release him for treatment if his medical needs weren’t being met in jail. But it’s been weeks and nothing has been done. His health is steadily declining and his family desperately needs your help.

Jails in the United States are known to be danger zones for people with disabilities --especially Black folks. Sandra Bland, Darren Rainey, and Ralkina Jone have all died behind bars because jail workers and jail health practitioners have no empathy for Black people who are perceived as criminals. By refusing to provide chronically ill inmates with medical treatment, jails are literally sentencing people to the death penalty before a judge has even charged them with a crime.

Demitirus’ court date is in 14 days, but his mother and family worry his illness may not even allow him to live long enough to stand before Judge Levy again.

Michigan, USA

Reasons for signing

  • People with Disabilities are the most vulnerable victims of corrupt crimes caused by able people, and that they happen to be among many ethnic groups adds more to the tragedy. Either the Facility reforms its ways and compensates for its horrors, or it will have to be shut down permanently. We won't accept or tolerate any more of these crimes!
  • Every life matter! Health also matters. The kid has the right to life and good medical care can guarantee that.
  • American justice just gets worse & worse. Our Democracy is threatened by Fascism on every front & we must stop this horror.

Updates

2017-03-27 17:43:50 -0700

50,000 signatures reached

2017-03-27 11:07:32 -0700

20,000 signatures reached

2017-03-27 10:39:06 -0700

10,000 signatures reached

2017-03-24 15:50:55 -0700

5,000 signatures reached

2017-03-23 14:57:17 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2017-03-23 13:08:37 -0700

500 signatures reached

2017-03-23 12:39:09 -0700

100 signatures reached

2017-03-23 12:37:19 -0700

50 signatures reached

2017-03-23 12:36:41 -0700

25 signatures reached

2017-03-23 12:35:43 -0700

10 signatures reached