Kenny and his mother Molly.

Surviving the Struggle

If the stigma of a wrongful conviction isn't bad enough. Kenny's mental and physical health has been jeapordized by the prison system. As stated earlier, Kenny's bipolar disorder had been misdiagnosed and improperly treated for years. This medical and mental health negligence didn't end once incarcerated. In fact, it got worse. 

    While in custody at the county jail and later with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), no one took the time to determine why Kenny oscillated between emotional highs and lows (FN 41). As a consequence, during the first several years of his imprisonment Kenny endured being forced to live in a padded cell, placed on extended 24 hour suicide watches,  repeatedly  beat up by guards (during one of many manic episodes), deterioration of his liver, and attempted suicide (by hanging himself) (FN 42). It was only a day after Dr. McCormick took the time to review Kenny's mental health records prior to and during incarceration that the proper diagnosis for bipolar disorder had been made (FN 43). A determination that has been concurred with many times over by other medical and mental health professionals (FN 44). Now, for the most part Kenny feels relatively normal. His improved condition is reflected by how well he has adjusted to prison life and the prospect of a life beyond prison walls.