Unsanitary Living Conditions at Hartford Correctional Center

Unsanitary Living Conditions at Hartford Correctional Center

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Ivana Foreshaw started this petition to Sustain Sanitary Prison Confinement

If your loved one is subjected to prison time. Why is it that they have to be confined to unsanitary living conditions? There’s mold in the cells where they sleep, which can cause infections and sometimes life changing health defects. In the restroom/shower area there’s flies and scum all over the drains. How often do they clean the facility? How often do they make sure the facility is maintained under the health and federal guidelines? There are supported documents within this petition that would compliment the severity of having someone confined under those unsanitary living conditions. The people of this country understand that prison is implemented for those who were found guilty of various crimes or for those who are waiting trial. Which means that you would also be stripped of your personal freedoms. It is unlawful and unjust to remove someone to confinement and have them potentially develop health conditions due to the conditions they are confined too. 

“There are a number of risk factors that can make you more likely to develop a mold allergy or worsen your existing mold allergy symptoms, including:

Having a family history of allergies. If allergies and asthma run in your family, you're more likely to develop a mold allergy.
Working in an occupation that exposes you to mold. Occupations where mold exposure may be high include farming, dairy work, logging, baking, millwork, carpentry, greenhouse work, winemaking and furniture repair.
Living in a house with high humidity. If your indoor humidity is higher than 50 percent, you may have increased exposure to mold in your home.

Mold can grow virtually anywhere if the conditions are right — in basements, behind walls in framing, on soap-coated grout and other damp surfaces, in carpet pads, and in the carpet itself. Exposure to high levels of household mold may trigger mold allergy symptoms.
Working or living in a building that's been exposed to excess moisture.Examples include leaky pipes, water seepage during rainstorms and flood damage. At some point, nearly every building has some kind of excessive moisture. This moisture can allow mold to flourish.
Living in a house with poor ventilation.Tight window and door seals may trap moisture indoors and prevent proper ventilation, creating ideal conditions for mold growth. Damp areas — such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements — are most vulnerable.

“Most allergic responses to mold involve hay fever-type symptoms that can make you miserable but aren't serious. However, certain allergic conditions caused by mold are more severe. These include:

Mold-induced asthma. In people allergic to mold, breathing in spores can trigger an asthma flare-up. If you have a mold allergy and asthma, be sure you have an emergency plan in place in case of a severe asthma attack.
Allergic fungal sinusitis. This results from an inflammatory reaction to fungus in the sinuses.
Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. This reaction to fungus in the lungs can occur in people with asthma or cystic fibrosis.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This rare condition occurs when exposure to airborne particles such as mold spores causes the lungs to become inflamed. It may be triggered by exposure to allergy-causing dust at work.”

Part III: Conditions of Confinement

Standard 23-3.1 Physical plant and environmental conditions


(a) The physical plant of a correctional facility should:


(i) be adequate to protect and promote the health and safety of prisoners and staff;
(ii) be clean and well-maintained;
(iii) include appropriate housing, laundry, health care, food service, visitation, recreation, education, and program space;
(iv) have appropriate heating and ventilation systems;
(v) not deprive prisoners or staff of natural light, of light sufficient to permit reading throughout prisoners’ housing areas, or of reasonable darkness during the sleeping hours;
(vi) be free from tobacco smoke and excessive noise;
(vii) allow unrestricted access for prisoners to potable drinking water and to adequate, clean, reasonably private, and functioning toilets and washbasins; and
(viii) comply with health, safety, and building codes, subject to regular inspection.

SUPPORTING ARTICLES/WEBSITES

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/publications/criminal_justice_section_archive/crimjust_standards_treatmentprisoners/#23-3.1

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20351519

https://www.prearesourcecenter.org/node/3315

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2981586/

https://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-library/famous-prisons-incarceration/history-of-imprisonment/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/comrademalik.com/2017/08/29/black-mold-and-toxic-prisons/amp/ 

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