Scripture is filled with the truth that there may well come a day in each person's life when he/she is faced with a significant moral dilemma, where they are forced to decide whether to step-up and do the right thing on behalf of other's being significantly negatively impacted by others... or to pretend not to see, to turn a blind eye, to rationalize away the moral and spiritual responsibility of rescuing the oppressed and protecting those who are unable to speak for themselves. It is in those moment's that the Lord is watching, waiting to uphold those willing to answer the call (Isa. 63:5).
Though few knew, it was just such a situation, behind the walls of a Pennsylvania prison, where no-one would know or hear, that Psychological Services Specialist, Jon K. Uhler, elected to step-up. Instead of protecting his career, reputation, and his own comfort, he "blew the whistle" on the abuse of mental health inmates within a solitary confinement setting, and he was joined by two of his other co-workers. Together, the three psychology staff members would play the key role in the nation's first case against a prison system for sanctioning the abuse of mental health inmates in solitary confinement. And, it would be this case that would initiate the changes throughout the nation, with regard to ending the punitive use of long-term Solitary Confinement as punishment against inmates with mental health diagnosis.
Predictably, as a large, closed systems become morally dark, it doesn't take kindly to light. As a result of their actions, the 3 whistle blowers were systematically targeted for removal. The first of the 3 had allegation fabricated against her, and was gone within 2 weeks. Next, though it took approx. 2 years, charges were manufactured against Jon Uhler. Though the judge saw through the corrupt actions by the PA DOC, and all charges were dismissed, Jon elected to retire (with full retirement). The last remaining staff was targeted, with allegations made of her not being able to maintain her job performance. Thus, she retired as well. Each three whistle blowers paid a significant personal and professional price for stepping-up. But, the wheels of divine justice would prove to be active.
It was in Oct., 2018, that the PA Dept. of State finally brought charges against licensed psychologist (Institutional/Regional Psychologist for the PA DOC), James D. Harrington listing multiple counts of unprofessional conduct, relating to his role in permitting the abuse and suicide of numerous mental health inmates under his watch. The outcome? Over a year later, and after exhausting the appeals process, on 12-2-19, the PA Board of Psychology issued a scathing rebuke of James Harrington, finding him guilty on all charges, and permanently revoked his professional psychology license. Though a long time in coming, such vindication was heartening to Jon and his coworkers, knowing that the Lord will judge those who perpetrate injustice, and will vindicate those who do what is right, just, and fair (Psa. 52:1-5; Psa. 50:16-23).
As an aside... because of Jon Uhler's key role in bringing the abuse of inmates to light, his role of protecting those who could not speak up for themselves, and because of his exemplary and unblemished personal and professional background, he has been asked to serve again as a key witness in an upcoming civil case, filed by the family of one of the inmates who killed himself under James Harrington's watch.