I am asking for the public’s help in finding my Aunt Barbara Jean Hoskins. My family has been desperately searching for her for many years, last knowing her whereabouts to be in the Oakland area. My aunt has been missing for over 20 years. My family had received word that my aunt was living as a homeless person on the streets of Oakland. She has family that loves and misses her so very much.
Last week, an Alabama state prisoner who had testified in an ongoing federal trial over the state of mental health care in state prisons was found dead, apparently of suicide. According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, he was found unresponsive, hanging from a piece of cloth in his cell. The state’s attorney said, “Jamie’s case is emblematic of the utter neglect and mistreatment of people with serious mental illness in ADOC prisons.”
As a Black woman, to hear Ron Thomas declare, “What this means is that all of us need to be very afraid now … Police officers everywhere can beat us, kill us, do whatever they want because it was proven here today they can get away with it,” I automatically want to ask him where has he been?