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Markus Johnson
Collage of 5 photos of Markus and other family in black & white.

Markus Johnson, aged 21, died on September 6, 2019, in the Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Illinois. Markus was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and had been refusing to eat, take medication, or drink water increasingly over the span of 3 weeks. Efforts to transfer him to a facility with more intensive mental health treatment were delayed; basic medical interventions, such as intravenous feedings, were not implemented; and his deterioration was caused by this neglect from correctional staff. He died from “cardiac arrest” due to severe dehydration.

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