Obtain Funds for Psychiatric Evaluation and Attorney
Organized by: Jake Benjamin
In 2011 I was suffering from manic depression and as a result committed trespassing which landed me in the State Mental Hospital. I spent 1 year and 4 months in a harsh jail environment while still suffering from my mental illness and then was sentenced to the State Mental Hospital after pleading Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. I have spent nearly 4 years at the hospital for a minor crime and have completed all treatment yet I am still not being released. I am in desperate need of funds so that I can petition the court for release with the aid of a private attorney and a private psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist so that I may have a court hearing and be released on conditional release. These last 5 years of my life have been the worst I have ever experienced and I just want to start a new chapter and live a normal life. With my background in Neuroscience from CU Boulder I have done research and have read peer reviewed journals from psychiatrist who speak of temporary psychosis brought on by severe stress. The hospital doesn't agree that I had a temporary mental illness but I believe I can be successful if given a choice. I want my freedom and liberty back and to start a family. My life is just wasting away in this institution and I have been languishing. Since being here I have attended community college and walked with honors (Summa Cum Laude). I am very high functioning and feel I will succeed if given a chance.