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National report matches our reports from Texas families

Oct 20th, 2014 | Category: Conditions in County Jails

The excerpt is from a new “shadow report” to the UN:

“Survivors Speak: Prisoner Testimonies of Torture in United States Prisons and Jails”

“The American Friends Service Committee submitted a “shadow report” to the Committee outlining inhumane conditions in prisons and jails that call into question U.S. implementation of its commitments under CAT.   Survivors Speak is a collection of testimonies of prisoners subjected to cruel treatment or who have witnessed abuses committed against others while held in U.S. custody.  Violations of human rights include inadequate health care and medical treatment, placement in solitary confinement, sexual and physical abuse, psychological abuse, and unsanitary housing.”




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melissa billings
7 years ago

would like to have a mailing address to mail a letter from an inmate that has been going through a good bit of abuse in the past few months.

7 years ago

My daughter is currently being housed at plane state. She accidentally fell and fractured her ankle while getting out of the shower. On the night of the incident she was taken to medical to be checked and was told that at the least she had a sprain. Was not issued crutches and sent back to her dorm. After begging all weekend up until 5 days after the incident her ankle became worse. She could not walk or put any pressure on it. Finally after someone (thank goodness) paid attention she was taken to medical for an xray. By this point her ankle was Xrayed and found to be fractured. She was sent to Galveston but the swelling was so bad they couldn’t really do anything. It needed a surgery to have rods and screws. So back to plane she went and things just deteriorated from
That point. She was actually given “a case for falling” and had her commissary taken away for 20 days as punishment for falling. I don’t blame tdcj for her falling but her lack of treatment after the incident. I have spent many hours on the phone with various people in the prison to fix tons of problems that have arisen since this happened. At one point, she was on crutches and a splint, she was given another case for not working. She is a janitor how could she work? She had not been working for about 2 weeks at this point and not been written up for it. My opinion is that this was retaliation due to the many calls I was making to try to help my daughter. That write up has since been taken off her record or so I have been told but time will tell. Now she has had the surgery and is back at the unit. The doctor in Galveston sent her with 3 prescriptions when she returned. They don’t carry one of them. My daughter was too afraid to ask about the medication so I called and was told they don’t carry it at that facility but a provider would see her and get her something comparable to it. Now I find out that she was told it wouldn’t happen since it’s a medication she only needs for x amount of days by the time they get it she won’t need it. So basically just deal with the pain. There is so much more to this story but I’m keeping it brief. The world needs to know that these type situations are not ok!