Better Inmate Safety, Treatment, and Communication

Better Inmate Safety, Treatment, and Communication

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Trinity Joshua started this petition to Human Rights Campaign and

    I am writing this petition in support of all inmates in the Silverdale Detention Facility and Hamilton County Jail located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Inmates in these locations are not being granted fair treatment, housing, health care, showers, nor communication with there families. Inmates at these locations are not being housed by there appropriate classification levels as well. Inmates should not be housed with the WORST of THE WORST if they have a single driving charge, drug charge or never have faced a jail cell a day in there life. 
       Hygiene is amongst one of the worst issues to have when you are amongst others because your not granted fair treatment under the jails handbook regulations and your fair rights as a human being as well. Why are Inmates forced to sit in a cell all day and not be granted time out to shower? This leads me to believe that inmates aren’t getting the correct medical attention neither. Are these jails taking the necessary time to evaluate each Inmate and see if they have any underlying conditions? I beg to differ, that they are. They are more focused on locking up people and there rates as officers than really focusing on human equality and human rights. Even though someone commits a crime they are still a human being, and sometimes that doesn’t define who that person is. Our men more than the women at the Silverdale Detention Facility are having guns drawn down on them even if they attempt to shower or communicate with families. The guns are full of paintballs, gas and mace as well which could affect someone’s health overall. Jail inmates reported a wide-range of medical problems, with arthritis as the most common (13%), followed by hypertension (11%), and asthma (10%). 
      The system fails the black community more than any other biased community, because they tend to believe that us as Black African-Americans are the problem and keeping us in cages will help depreciate problems but these problems are inside the jails as well. How can the system define anyone? How can you determine who I really am as a person? 
     As I close, I say that all inmates should be treated fairly and given the appropriate treatment and time to communicate with there families. If inmates can’t communicate with us on the outside how are we to know how they are being treated or how there well being is overall? We need to demand that the appropriate protocols are in place and we have to make sure that our men and women don’t get lost in the system that defines who we are already once we were in it. We as families should support our family members more and more when they are incarcerated because they need the support to stay afloat and be able to make it day by day to be able to walk free from jail or prison and not be killed on the inside. 

 

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