Thirty-one year old Reginald Peters is an inmate at the Iberia Parish Jail in Louisiana. He has muscular dystrophy. Left untreated, his disease is causing him to lose control of his body and jail administration seems largely unconcerned. Forced to sleep on the floor and unable to clean himself, Peter’s condition is deteriorating. The ACLU has called on the jail to accommodate Peters’ needs and to date, their calls have gone unanswered. In a case where policies have taken precedence over human decency, this man needs the assistance of local and online activists alike.
Peters’ condition has gradually deteriorated. He is largely unable to use his arms and has been forced to ask other inmates for assistance in activities as personal as cleaning himself after using the restroom. When they can’t or won’t help he simply doesn’t get clean. He has also been forced to sleep on the floor because he cannot pull himself up into the bed. And according to letters from the ACLU, he has been denied reasonable assistance by the jail.
The ACLU has been aware of Mr. Peters’ plight since last spring. Just a few months ago they submitted what’s known as an Administrative Remedy Procedure (ARP) demanding he be moved to a facility that could provide him with the level of care his condition demands. Although Steve Elledge, general counsel for the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, said he would be moved soon after the ARP was received in November, Peters remains in the same condition and location today.
The Iberia Parish Sherriff’s Department suggests Peters’ parole violation has not been resolved and this is why he cannot be moved. If that is truly the case and they refuse to hold him at the Elayn Hunt facility while he awaits his violation hearing, they must provide some basic personal and medical care ending what can only be called cruel and unusual punishment.
Show your support for the ACLU’s recommendations in the case of Reginald Peters. Demand the local Sherriff’s Department provide suitable medical care or transport Peters to a facility that can more readily care for his needs pending his upcoming court dates.
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