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Carter: Legal system


(Continued from Page 1)
and social effects of strip-mining and
other efforts to develop energy resour-
In his address to the bar association,
Carter said the United States needs
more women and minority judges,
fewer and shorter lawsuits and more
legal aid for poor and middle-income
HE ALSO called on lawyers to slow

down their fee increases as part of his
voluntary 'anti-inflation program and
called for "free and open competition"
in setting fees and advertising them.
Carter observed that lawyers often
have attempted to thwart civil rights
and economic justice, have been
responsible for long delays in court
proceedings and have tended to favor
the rich over the poor.
"I have inspected many prisons and I

know that nearly all inr
from the ranks of the p
poor. A child of privi
receives the benefito
child of poverty seld
President said.
speedily in passing
criminal code. And he
and public intoxica
decriminalized to reli
courts for more import
The President den
collar criminals who;
consumers of million
corrupt the governm
these big-shot crooks
consequences of theira
Carter also said ther
trend" toward police
Mexican-American cii
Houston case in which
were sentenced to one;
the death of a prison

The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 5, 1978-Page 21
mates are drawn which the Justice Department has in-
iwerless and the tervened.
ilege frequently
of the doubt; a "HARASSMENT must stop and my
loin does," the administration will do what it can to see
that it does," he said.
Carter said he is ordering special ef-
ongress to move forts to find more women, blacks and
a new federal Hispanics to be nominated to federal
e said vagrancy judgeships. "Of the 525 federal judges,
tion should be only 20 are black or Hispanics and onl4
eve overworked six are women," he noted.
ant cases. While here, Carter also planned to
nounced white- visit Watts - the black community
he said, cheat plagued by riots 10 years ago. He was
s of dollars and also scheduled to fly later to Portland,
.ent. "Too often Ore., for a regional news conference
escape the full and an overnight stay in a private
acts," he said. home.
e is a "disturbing California Gov. Edmund Brown, con-
e harassment of sidered one of Carter's potential
tizens. He cited a political rivals, and Los Angeles Mayor
three policemen Tom Bradley, greeted the President on
year in prison for his arrival at Los Angeles International
ner - a case in Airport.


ContnuedfromPage 1)
staff-resident ratio down to a 1 to 4 level
during the day shift and a 1 to 8 level on
midnight shifts.
The committee also applauded
Provitt's policy of reviewing residents
to identify those who are unable to care
for themselves and require placement
in a more protected location within the
"THE COMBINATION of more staff,
smaller groups and reassignment of
passive residents to more protected set-
tings hopefully will significantly reduce
the number of resident injuries," the
report said.
The task force stated it concurred
with the Bishop Panel's recommen-
dation to clearly distinguish between
abuse and neglect. They also
distinguished between different
degrees of abuse, involving:serious
physical injury, and verbal attacks. It
recommended that the DMH place top
priority on the most serious cases of
While the task force concluded that
"allegations of abuse and neglect were
not promptly or adequately reported or
pursued," the report did not mention
any widespread attempts to cover up
the abuses.
"OUR PRELIMINARY investigation
has not found evidence of any organized
concealment or coverup at the
Plymouth Center or within the Depar-
tment of Mental Health," the report
The committee also stated that more
money is required to fund efforts aimed
at ending the abuse problem. It
referred to a federal district court or-
der which called for a monitoring
committee to be established at
Plymouth and said the implementation
of the order demands "additional ap-
propriations and expenditures".
The committee mentioned a DMH
estimate which shows 2.5 million
dollars are needed annually to fund the
court order. Also, the additional annual
cost of statewide implementation of the
Bishop Panel's recommendations is
estimated at $65 million per year.
THE TASK FORCE said a "more
comprehensive and detailed plan to in-
volve the participation of parents of
mentally retarded persons is not only
essential in the prevention of abuse and
neglect; but also in the proper care of
the mentally retarded."
The members recommended several
activities, ranging from additional
meetings between parents and
Plymouth administrators to extensive
teaching programs for the parents, to
"provide lesrning experiences for their
A spokesman for the Plymouth
Association for Retarded Citizens
(PARC) said yesterday she was esseo-
tially pleased with the committee's
recommendations but stressed that
many of them were too vague.
"In one place it says that parents

report out
should be invited from time to time to
various meetings held by institutional
employees to promote an open com-
munication between staff and parents. I
wonder how long 'time to time'
means," said PARC member Sandy

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