Trigger Warning (Upsetting Information is Contained Here) – medical torture in prison, psychological torture, insensitive language regarding mental illness – We have not heard from several prisoners that we expected to hear from over the past couple of months. This letter may explain why we have lost contact. Several points in this letter are corroborated by other people in the same facility.
Please call Missouri Inspector General Amy Roderick at 573-751-2389 (press 5 to get to a live person) and tell her office how you feel about the letter below.
How to participate internationally: You can make an international voice call to the US very cheaply using google voice / hangouts. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for your message to be forwarded to Amy Roderick or you can write to her at: Amy Roderick Inspector General, 2728 Plaza Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. You may also email email@example.com or InspectorGeneral@doc.mo.gov
This is just one of many complaints of medical torture coming from Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston, Missouri…
Letter dated 05-28-15…
“All here that are extremely rebellious are being placed on what they call Wobble Head status. Socially and physically. They are just diagnosing people left and right to cram meds into them. They label us bipolar, delusional, manic depressant, schizophrenic, just plain crazy, so what we’re saying can just be dismissed as gibberish or crazy talk because we’re “mentally ill”.
Then the ones who are refusing to cooperate are being placed on forced meds and there’s no stopping that. [NAME] tried to refuse to no avail. A team was called and they forced the needle into him. Where’s the due process? Another offender, [NAME], the same way. The side effects are taking a toll. Some dudes can’t even read because their eye sight is out of commission, mind too discombobulated to even think clear to facilitate thoughts for cognizable letter to their family. Then not just the forced meds. They are making it impossible for those to contact family. All our property is being confiscated. What happened to the 1st amendment? Nothing. It’s still on paper but obsolete in the prison system because they will silence you.
Please share this letter with other orgs and send to officials as a means to get help with stopping these forced meds because we disagree with what they are doing. We’re mentally ill all of a sudden, but kept locked in ad seg behind box car doors.”
If after reading the letter above you are unsure what to say, please call and say “I have been made aware of allegations of medical abuse at SECC prison in Charleston, Missouri. I would like to request an independent investigation of the medical practices at SECC.”
Additional people we would are asking people to call:
Lisa Jones Constituent Services Officer 573-526-6530 Lisa.Jones@doc.mo.gov
Rep Brattin Corrections Committee, MO State Representatives 573-751-3783
Rep Paul Fitzwater Corrections Committee, MO State Representatives 573-751-2112
Rep Penny Hubbard Corrections Committee 573-751-2383
Health services mo doc firstname.lastname@example.org
General Counsel Matt Brieacher 573-522-1614
Deputy Warden Dewayne Kempker 573-522-1926
Major White 573-683-4409
MO Senator Doug Liblu 573-751-4843
Rep Holly Rehder 573-751-5471
Deloise Williams, RN, BSN, Associate Director/Health Services 573-751-2389
Jay Nixon Governor 573-751-2389
Rep Brandon Ellington 573-751-3129 Brandon.Ellington [at] house.mo.gov
Love and Struggle ♥
Update 6-10-15 ~ To everyone who has already called in about this issue, please also call the Corizon Compliance line and describe the conversation that you already had in regard to this issue. The number to call is 800-218-9114.
Here is a sample script “Hello, I called the Missouri Inspector General the other day at 573-751-2389. I called because I heard that prisoners at SECC in Charleston, Missouri are being misdiagnosed with mental illness and then receiving inappropriate medications. I am calling you to discuss what happened when I tried to call the state of Missouri to express my concerns”.
Update 6-15-15 ~ Please keep calling and writing. We have not received word from either prisoners or administration in regard to this situation.
Update 6-16-15 ~ Excerpts from a letter dated 06-08-15 from Shyheim D El-Mumin #509071 at SECC… I’m being targeted. I’m being denied adequate and proper health care in regards to my insulin. On 5/28/15 I was denied my insulin by Cody Stanley. I’m a diabetic who takes 70%30 mix which I have to take 30-40 minutes before meals. We eat breakfast around 5:30-6:00am and Cody Stanley brings my insulin every morning at around 3:00am. I filed an internal resolution request on nurse Donna Spaven as well. Lt Woolridge also has malicious feelings toward me. They are retaliating on me for filing IRRs. On 4-20-15 I blacked out and busted my head and was then shackled. The nurse then asked if they could place the hand cuffs on the front but Captain Clinton said no and I was in excruciating pain for 4.5 hours until Dr Birch finally got to the E.R. When I was finally removed from the strecher my wrist was swolen and bleeding and I couldn’t feel my hands and arm. On 5-29-15 I blacked out again, blood was still coming out of the back of my head. I had to forgo taking my insulin for a month from 4-28-15 to 6-4-15. Please let me know if you get this letter. Please call my mother. Please tell all your people to call all of the [numbers at the top of this post] and tell them what is happening to me.
Shyheim is a long time organizer, friend, and member of over a year and a half.
Update 6-24-15 ~ We still have received no word of any improvements in this situation. Please keep calling and writing.