He also obsessively hoards and handles his own feces, placing it on food trays, rolling it into balls, making sculptures out of it, and smearing it on his walls and sometimes on his body or in his hair. He has repeatedly defecated in common-use shower facilities, and on at least one occasion has been seen consuming his feces.Now, anyone with a brain knows that there is something very wrong if an inmate or anyone else is behaving in that fashion. Also, playing with feces is, of course, unsanitary for that inmate and everyone else. However, according to the documents, the Federal Bureau of Prison’s (BOP):
[…] response to his situation, thus far, has been to occasionally force him into a shower stall, and to pile sandbags outside his door in a futile effort to prevent the overwhelming smell of feces emanating from his cell from spreading throughout the part of the prison where he lives.Shameful, but true. Andrew Cohen says that there was little defense for this abominable response, but that Francisco will be moved to Missouri, where there is a mental health prison. His mother, Linda Embrack, says of this development:
I thank God for this. The people said that he was just playing but I knew that he wasn’t just playing.I concur. May you sleep better knowing your son is in better care, Mrs. Embrack, and shame on those who let him wallow in prison this sick for so long.
Shannon Barber, executive editor of Liberal America, is a self- described queer feminist and activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for three liberal websites, and keeps her own Humor Blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time. Follow her on Twitter or subscribe to her public updates on Facebook.