Protect the Human Rights of Kristopher Rodriguez
Kristopher Rodriguez, now held in close management at Union Correctional Institution, in North Florida, was an outstanding student and military honor cadet by the time he was twelve years old. But when he was 15, his grandmother died, and he entered a tragic period of hospitalizations for schizophrenia and paranoia and, as so often happens, was unable to comply with his prescribed medications.
Eventually, he became addicted to drugs, committed a crime and was sentenced to ten years in prison. As with another prisoner I’ve mentioned to you, Nikko Albanese, he has received terrible care in prison and at one time had lost roughly 100 pounds. He, too, on one occasion, didn’t recognize his mother, who has stood with him steadfastly. While Kristopher was imprisoned in Miami, he was actually threatened with the scalding shower in which Darren Rainey was killed in 2012.
Stop Prison Abuse Now (SPAN) asks Secretary Jones to ensure that Kristopher will receive proper care over the final three years of his sentence, and that broader visitation rights be recognized for his mother, who at one point could not see him for a year.
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