JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications? Chandra: I asked for meds to help me sleep. They
wouldn't give it to me. After 8 hours of me
hurting myself deliberately, they took me to the
holding cell in classification and hogtied me to
the floor with the handcuffs. In the state of
Florida you have to be "baker-acted" (taken to a
mental health facility) and evaluated by a
psychiatrist if you are threatening self harm.
They don't have their own medical/psychiatric
unit. They finally ended up taking me to the
hospital on a police hold. They did end up
giving me medication at the hospital. I didn't
sleep for 3 days and became very sleep
deprived. At the hospital they ended up giving
me a sleep aid. But once I got back to the jail
the psychiatrist had to prescribe it. They gave
me thorazine. It knocks you out shortly after
you take it. They give it to you at 6pm, and
would fall asleep at 7 and miss my visitations
because my family couldn't come until 8.
Thorazine was the only drug they would give
JM: How did you get your medications? Chandra: Medcart and a nurse bring around the meds. You
have to show your ID band.
JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this? Chandra: They will put you in segregation and you have to
go to a hearing in the jail. They give you a
chance to say if you did it or not and you can
be sentenced to solitary confinement.