Posted on March 15, 2013 by ptbliss
By Pat Bliss
I Need a Doctor Photo: Wikipedia
I get many letters from prisoners that just say they had to go to see a doctor or to medical for some reason. But in this one instance, a deaf prisoner in one of Florida’s prisons gave me an in-depth look as to what a prisoner goes through just to be there for a doctor appointment. These are his words:
I have been on call-out so much with medical with test after test. Seriously I am told to get up at 2:00 A.M. for a blood test, I come back [to my dorm] around 3:00 A.M. Am given a call-out to the main unit for 7:00 A.M. I get on a bus to go the main unit. Sit there to around 1:00 P.M. or 2:00 P.M. to see the Doctor. And do not get on a bus to come back to my dorm until 9:30 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. Any time between 9:00 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. is when I am put on the bus to come back to my dorm. Several days in a row I have had this process repeat itself with these same time frames. So I have not hardly any sleep at all let alone had time to do anything like read a book. I catch pure hell just trying to get a shower and a hour or two of sleep here and there.
I would say we have nothing to complain about, out here in society when we have to wait a couple hours, if that. It struck me how frustrating it is to be a prisoner. No books, magazines or TV provided to help wile away the time while waiting your turn to see the doctor. Couple that with being deaf – and all that that involves.
— Pat Bliss
Pat Bliss is a retired paralegal in criminal law. She continues to do legal work for indigent prisoner cases showing innocence. She is a Certified Community Chaplain, Certified as a volunteer for CISM (Crises Intervention Stress Management) and involved in community events.
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Posted on September 13, 2012 by bitcodavid
Want to help write sorely needed letters to Deaf inmates in prisons throughout America? Here’s your chance to help alleviate someone’s insufferable solitude.
Hello Fellow HEARD Supporters:
Its that time again, writing time. HEARD Board members and volunteers we will be gathering for a few hours to write to some of our Deaf inmates that are in prisons across the country. This month our focus will be our Deaf women and Deaf blind inmates. Please let us know if you would like to join us.
Please send HEARD an inbox message, or an email at email@example.com. Please put Writing Campaign in the subject line.
Here’s the link to the FaceBook events page. It’s a public event – everyone can sign up.
Supermax prison, Florence Colorado. Another town in Colorado, notorious for its overwhelming number of prisons, is Caňon City. It goes by the appellation – Jail-town USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Posted on September 11, 2012 by bitcodavid
Image courtesy Pat Bliss
This is a letter I received from HEARD. It is Felix’s most plaintive communication yet. We really need to help this innocent man gain his freedom.
Here’s the PDF link to his latest letter.
Felix – HEARD letter
As I work on these videos, I come to see Felix as an intelligent, compassionate, ethical and witty individual who would make a wonderful contribution to society. He deserves his chance.
- Finally! Felix #6 is Up! (deafinprison.wordpress.com)
- After a Break; Felix Part Five (deafinprison.wordpress.com)
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Posted on September 9, 2012 by bitcodavid
Here’s the link to the PDF of this second inmate letter, courtesy of HEARD.
HEARD Montana Inmate Letter
Montana State Prison: Female Guards Fired for Sexual Misconduct
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Posted on September 9, 2012 by bitcodavid
This is one of four Inmate Letters I received from HEARD, in my inbox last night. I will be posting them today, as I get them converted and redacted. We need to redact all inmate letters to protect the safety of these brave individuals who speak out against an unfair and unjust system.
Although I get them as PDF files, and reconvert them back into PDF files to post, you lose the ability to see the sticky notes placed on the originals by HEARD. In a way, this is good, because these are internal notations that are not intended for the eyes of the public. On the other hand however, I regret that you can’t see them because they provide insight into just how much great work the people at HEARD are doing for these individuals.
Here’s the first one:
HEARD Utah PDF
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Posted on August 4, 2012 by ptbliss
In May, I did a post on the differences between county jails and prisons from the paralegal perspective. Here’s the link to that post.
County Jails vs. Prisons
I’ve added it here, to help provide some perspective.
A few days ago, I received this response from a former inmate.
As usual, if you have trouble making out the text in this image, simply double click on it to view it in full screen.
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