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HB 516 – Case in Point

Although this isn’t an Idaho case, I think it’s very indicative of what can and probably does transpire often enough.

Jayci Yaeger, 10, has terminal brain cancer. Her family has been pleading with federal prison officials in Yankton, S.D., to allow her father, Jason Yaeger, to see his daughter before she dies.

To be fair, and honest, I don’t know this family. I don’t know any more than what waht I heard and saw on Fox News. Yeah, that’s right – Fox News – Faux/Fixed News. I know; I know. Hillary Clinton was on CNN and out of curiousity, I flipped to CSPAN and the other cable news channels to see who was carrying it. Sure enough, Fox gave it a minute and then moved on; both channels of C-SPAN were on gov’t stuff.

Jason Charles Yaeger is in the FPC Yankton in Sioux Falls, SD for .. ….. drugs – meth possession/dealing. He’s serving a four year sentence. He is scheduled for release in February of 2009. He is eligbile for transfer to a halfway house in August of 2008. Yankton is a “federal prison camp.” It is a minimum security facility, housing male prisoners.

An imprisoned father went to his dying daughter’s bedside Wednesday, a visit federal authorities allowed only after being deluged with letters and phone calls from across the nation, Omaha television station KETV reported.

Mr. Yaeger tells news sources, he “not trying to get out of his sentence.” He filed a clemency request as a “last resort” when warden, E.D. Whitehead, refused to grant Yeager a furlough, and refused to grant Yaeger’s move to a halfway house in Council Bluffs, SD. A court injunction has been filed by Mr. Yaeger in which he is asking for an immediate transfer to the halfway house.

Quote from ABC News: He (Mr. Yaeger) has pleaded repeatedly with prison officials to honor the bureau’s apparent policy of allowing furloughs and transfers under “extraordinary” circumstances, but has been rebuffed time and again.

Jayci’s dying wish is to have her father at her side when she dies. This story at KOLN in Nebraska (Grand Junction) has sites for petitions, as well as all the congressional representatives and senators who have been contacted regarding the case.

Address & Phone # of the FPC Yankton : Warden Whitehead

1100 Douglas Ave
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 665-3262

Nothing like family values and fighting the war on drugs, is there?


2 Responses

  1. Go here and read the letter from the prison to one of the congressional reps. Apparently Mr. Fortenberry asked for the definition of “extraordinary circumstances.”

    This is the answer: ” While there are no set determining factors, ‘extraordinary circumstances’ are determined on a case-by-case basis.”

    In other words – it’s a fucking power game.

  2. Heartbreaking that the prison industrial complex has so little room for human compassion. I guess the profit motive rules it out.

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