SOURCE: A Just Cause

A Just Cause

November 05, 2015 08:35 ET

The Son of an Inmate Who Died Under Suspicious Circumstances in Solitary Confinement at Florence Federal Correctional Institute Takes His Own Life While Trying to Deal With His Father's Death, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause

Billie Andersen, the Mother of Deceased Inmate Michael Andersen Reached out to A Just Cause to Relay the News of Her Grandson's Untimely Death

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - November 05, 2015) - Billie Andersen is the mother of late inmate Michael 'Andy' Andersen, 44, and grandmother of Trevor Andersen, 19. Still distraught and reeling with the news of her son's suspicious death at the Florence Federal Correctional Institute in solitary confinement just a few months ago in September, Billie is now trying to cope with the unexpected loss of Trevor, who committed suicide earlier this week.

Trevor was born June 11, 1996 and was just 19 years old. He died early this week of a single self-inflicted gunshot with a 45 caliber pistol. "With one shot, he was dead. I believe if Andy was alive my grandson would still be alive. The prison in Florence must now be accountable for not only the death of my son, Andy, but also the death of Trevor," laments Andersen.

Billie Andersen believes that her grandson, Trevor, took his own life as a result of her son Andy's death. Trevor expressed how he was unable to handle the agony and loss of his father. "The suicide note he left said, 'I love you guys a lot but I just miss my dad too much. I just want to be with my dad,'" recounts Andersen. "The prison must be held responsible for these deaths. They are ruining our lives as well as other families' lives and this has to stop," concludes Andersen.

Billie continues to demand an investigation into the cause and manner of death of Andy while he was held in solitary confinement in the medium security FCI facility in Florence, Colorado. "When I saw my son, his face was bruised black and blue. It looked like he had been assaulted. I know my son was not suicidal. I know he did not take his life. I will not stop until I find out what happened to him," said Andersen.

Billie believes her son was murdered by the staff of Florence, who had him in their custody at the time of an alleged suicide. According to Billie Andersen, she visited with her son the day before he died. "He said that the guards told him they were going to have somebody in the yard 'shank' him. He said they were going to keep him in solitary for 6 months! He only had 2 years left on his sentence," explains Andersen.

Answers have been slow to come from prison officials. Billie informs A Just Cause that "even though the prison offered to promptly cremate Andy's remains, free of charge, the family still has not received the autopsy report and the official cause of death remains listed as unknown."

A Just Cause has previously addressed how the location and circumstances of Andy's death are in direct conflict with Federal Bureau of Prisons Director, Charles Samuels, August 4th statements during the Senate Subcommittee testimony, where he stated, "We (BOP) do not practice solitary confinement...nor have we ever, had the practice of placing individuals in a cell alone." "The Bureau of Prisons may change the name to 'special housing unit (SHU), but it's no more than a play on words -- the horror of solitary confinement remains the same," states Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause.

"It's just a tremendously sad and heart breaking time for the Andersen family," says Banks, who spoke with Mrs. Andersen earlier this week. She stated that "Samantha [Andy's wife] is suffering and hurting so badly. The feeling of hopelessness is setting in."

"A Just Cause was deeply saddened by the news of Trevor's passing and vows to continue investigating the untimely death of Michael Andersen. His family deserves answers and justice in the wake of such devastating loss," concludes Banks.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has not released any public details around the September 7, 2015 (Labor Day) death of Michael 'Andy' Andersen, 44. A Just Cause broke the news.

A special program, featuring the Andersen Family, aired on AJCRadio on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8 pm EST dealing with Suicide of the Incarcerated (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ajcradio2/2015/10/07/a-just-cause--suicides-in-us-prisons). "A Just Cause continues to unravel the horrors of the current prison system, and needless loss of life, which is literally tearing away at the very fabric of the Constitutional and Civil Rights of the American people. AJC is sincere in sending our condolences to the Andersen family as they struggle through tremendous loss. We will assist the Andersen family any way possible to aid in their quest for justice for Andy and Trevor," concludes Banks.

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