Justice for Joe - Joe Paraskeva, London UK
Press Release: Issued 7 December 2011
Morgan, from Stoke Newington, set up the campaign after her son, Joe Paraskeva,
was given an indeterminate prison sentence in April 2011. He was jailed after
using an aerosol can and cigarette lighter to try and escape from a mental
health unit in which he had been sectioned in October 2010.
though Joe had no previous convictions and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, he
was sent to prison, and his family have no idea when he might be released.
was recently transferred to the John Howard Centre forensic unit in Hackney, but
his mother fears he may be moved back to prison at any time.
Petition calls for Joe's case to be reviewed, for his conviction to be
overturned and for him to receive proper care, as a mental health patient,
within the NHS.
Morgan said: "We are going to
failings allow the most vulnerable in society to be punished rather than helped.
Prison is not a safe or therapeutic environment for people suffering with mental
health problems and should not be used as a dumping ground.
case is only one example; there are many other families out there who have been
through similar experiences. Anyone who has a mental illness deserves to be
safely cared for, not thrown into prison."
Campaign is being supported by a number of major mental health and criminal
justice organisations including, Sane, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, The Manic
Depressive Fellowship, YoungMinds, The Howard League for Penal Reform and The
Prison Reform Trust.
petition will be presented at
interviews or for more information, contact Linda Morgan on 07790687196 or email
more information on the case and the campaign visit
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