Diesel therapy

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Diesel therapy is a form of punishment in the United States in which prisoners are shackled and then transported for days or weeks; the term refers to the diesel fuel used in prisoner transport vehicles.[1] It has been alleged that some inmates are deliberately sent to incorrect destinations as an exercise of diesel therapy.[2] Voluntary surrender at the prison where the inmate will serve his time is recommended as a way of avoiding diesel therapy.[3] The case of former U.S. Representative George V. Hansen involved accusations of diesel therapy, as did the case of Susan McDougal, one of the few people who served prison time as a result of the Whitewater controversy. Diesel therapy is sometimes used on disruptive inmates, including gang members.[4] Other alleged recipients include Rudy Stanko,[5] who was also the defendant in the speeding case that ended Montana's "free speed" period.[6][7]

The term "diesel therapy," or "dumping,"[8] is also used to refer to a method by law-enforcement personnel of getting rid of troublesome individuals by placing them on a bus to another jurisdiction.[9] This is also known as bus therapy and is akin to Greyhound therapy in health care.

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  1. ^ Roots, Roger (2002), Of Prisoners and Plaintiffs' Lawyers: A Tale of Two Litigation Reform Efforts, vol. 38, Willamette L. Rev., p. 210
  2. ^ Howard Marks (1997). Mr Nice: an autobiography.
  3. ^ Ellis, Alan; Shummon, Samuel A.; Han, Sharon (2000–2001), Federal Prison Designation and Placement: An Update, vol. 15, Crim. Just., p. 46
  4. ^ R Ruddell; SH Decker; A Egley Jr (2006), Gang interventions in jails: A national analysis, Criminal Justice Review
  5. ^ "Stanko v. Davis" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Rudy Stanko returned to prison".
  7. ^ Robbins, Jim (25 December 1998). "Montana's Speed Limit of ?? M.P.H. Is Overturned as Too Vague". The New York Times.
  8. ^ WR King; TM Dunn (2004), Dumping: police-initiated transjurisdictional transport of troublesome persons, Police Quarterly
  9. ^ W Wells; JA Schafer, Officer perceptions of police responses to persons with a mental illness, Policing: An International Journal