Archive for Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hospital must return papers to patient in sex predator unit

June 3, 2008


— A district court judge has taken Larned State Hospital to task for how it has treated a patient in its sexual predator unit who has complained about conditions there.

The patient, Mark Brull, contends he is being harassed by hospital staff. The state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which operates the hospital and its sexual predator unit, denies the allegation.

Sex offenders who have finished their prison sentences can be committed to the Larned unit indefinitely for treatment through a jury trial. Brull has lived there eight years, having spent three years in prison for two sex crimes involving children.

Brull sued the SRS in Shawnee County in December 2001, alleging the hospital violated laws regulating treatment of confined mental patients, which it denies. His case is scheduled to go to trial in September.

Last month, Shawnee County District Judge Frank Yeomans ordered SRS to return documents that hospital staff had seized from Brull's room during an inspection. Brull had contacted his lawyer during the search and got it halted, but his papers were boxed up and sent to an SRS attorney in Topeka.

"They're constantly harassing me each and every day," Brull told The Wichita Eagle, referring to hospital staff.

SRS spokeswoman Michelle Ponce said the hospital staff hasn't targeted Brull or any other patient.

"We do not punish them," she said. She said the unit's purpose is to keep dangerous mental patients off the streets and try to cure them.

It was the second time Yeomans had intervened after Brull complained about his treatment by hospital staff.

Last year, the judge concluded that hospital officials had improperly restricted Brull's privileges to discourage him from filing complaints.

Yeomans ordered the privileges restored, and Brull was moved out of the program's highest-security wing. But in a recent court filing, Brull said he's been disciplined since then.

But Ponce said Brull's complaints about Larned had nothing to do with the recent actions taken by unit staff.

"I do not believe he is being retaliated against for any complaint he has issued," she said.


hs_reader 9 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone else get "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" associations out of this? I think it's the mental patient thing, that book creeped me out.

Confrontation 9 years, 11 months ago

This man deserves the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" treatment.

domino 9 years, 11 months ago

Pywacket - he would have been lucky to have you as Empress - if I had that title, well, lets just say what I would have done to him would have got my post deleted!

myhomeworkbiz 9 years, 4 months ago

Everyone one of you need to be committed indefinately. You all are more dangerous than SOME of the people being held in Larned. If you were to say the things you have said about the President, you would be locked up. Some of these people are capable of feelings, just like you and me. I personally know that while there are some horendous cases, there are others which are not. Society's ideas are all fed by the media, which is biased. This is suppose to be a treatment facility, but it is far from that. If you really want to know what is going on behind these closed doors, do a Google search on "the Lucifer Effect" or "Stanford University Prison Experiment". You might be surprised. If you are tired of shelling out tax dollars for worthless therapy, do something about it. Demand that your money goes for therapy, not for retaliation. If these men were getting therapy like they are suppose to be, we could get those who ARE rehabilitated out of there where they can be making money and paying taxes themselves, and get some of these others who are still out on the streets, into therapy. And, what about the murderers and drug dealers, who kill our children? Are they not dangerous? I don't think so! Why are they not locked up indefinately? Think about it!

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