JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications? Jessica: NO and Im HIV positive and the jail knew it ...
several times I missed doses Justin: you had access to meds twice a day.. and the
times always varied so it was never reliable Pat: No you had to requst a
medical visit Sandi: No. I was there for about 3 months before I got my
Psych meds, so I detoxed the first couple of weeks
in jail then I got some of my meds there and had
to get used to them all over again. What I noticed
is that my meds did not work the same in that
environment as they did when I was in my normal
environment. I ended up having to give up on the
meds issue for the 4 months that I was there. I
was not allowed sinus type meds and was not able
to get pain relievers such as Tylenol.
JM: How did you get your medications? Jessica: lpn came and dispensed Justin: a nurse would come to the house, and one by one
administer teh meds to the inmate, sometimes the
proccess was slow sometimes it was fast Pat: A nurse would come around
at certain times if the day to
pass out medictions to those
on a lust Sandi: A nurse came around once a day to dispense meds.
It is possible that this was twice a day and I do
not remember correctly.
JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this? Jessica: rolled you out of the pod you were in to either
the hole for 30 days or another pod Justin: write ups usually were handed out. if it was
extremem enough they would give you another
charge.. mostly ppl were jsut sent to the hole Pat: I dont know I didnt have any
experience of that or see it
happen to anyone else while
I was there Sandi: The inmate would usually be removed from the pod
and, I assume, put in solitary confinement. Once
in awhile it would get the entire pod locked down
in cells for the day. Those inmates were not
popular inmates. If there were every a question
about outside drugs coming in or abuse of
prescribed meds, our entire pod would get tossed
and searched which could take a coule of hours.
That is not a pleasant experience at all. One
time, when an instance of outside drugs were
involved and they did not know who the perpetrator
was, we all had to have a drug screening. Those
who did not pass where removed from the pod and
received new charges.