About: Laura Bratton

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COVID-19 Outbreaks In A Virginia Shadow Prison
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Marylin McCarty and Kirsten Darby of the Just Future Project in Virginia discuss the injustice of the process of Civil Commitment of people who committed sex offenses after they’ve served the length of their sentences. McCarty and Darby talk about the inhumane conditions in Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR), especially during Covid-19. Transcription of […]
My Diabetic Son Was Retaliated Against For Complaining About Insufficient Medical Care
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A mother talks about her diabetic son’s treatment at the Terrell Unit in Rosharon, Texas. He complained about insufficient medical care and lack of access to safe food, and he was retaliated against. Audio Submission by, Anonymous Amended Transcription of Audio: He has been retaliated against. The guards, you know, have kind of put a […]
Prison Guards Aren’t Wearing PPE, And They Aren’t Held Accountable
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A schoolteacher in Texas talks about her fiancee’s experience inside the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, Texas during the pandemic. She discusses how he was treated when he got COVID-19 and the lack of COVID safety among guards. Audio Submission by, Anonymous Amended Transcription of Audio: My fiancee is at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, Texas. […]
His Whole Unit Was Infected
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An inmate’s fiance talks about conditions in Nebraska State Penitentiary and where he’s located now – Tecumseh State Correctional. She says he’s afraid he’ll get COVID, given his age (60) and high blood pressure and the explosion of COVID cases in his former and current facilities. Audio Submission By, Anonymous Amended Transcription of Audio: My […]
They Have No Escape
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A mother worries about her son, who’s been incarcerated in Iowa for 21 years, after the men in the cell next to him get COVID-19. She voices concerns about the lack of sanitation and nutritious food, but she’s afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation from the system. Submission By, Anonymous Mother Amended Transcription […]
My Old Celly: His Covid Case, Tennessee Prisons, And The System At Large
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Paul Tardie of the Inside Books Project and author of Inside: Dissecting a County Jail, talks about his old cellmate’s experience in Turner Trousdale Correctional throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Tardie talks about his friend’s long-term health impacts from COVID and how the system at large needs to change. Audio Submission By, Paul Tardie Amended Transcript […]
They’ve Got 300 Men In The Showers At One Time
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Audio Submission By, Renee Dagley About Ricardo Peña III Amended Audio Transcription My fiance, he’s been incarcerated 12 years on a 30 year sentence. He’s a Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas, and they’re not doing anything for the covid. They’re not social distancing. For shower-time, they’ve got three hundred men in a shower at […]
I Spoke Out, And I Don’t Know If My Son’s Getting Punished For It
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Audio Submission by, Tracy Amended Transcription of Audio: They’re treated like animals in there, and that’s my son in there. I’m not just going to forget about him. He was at Moore Haven, and he called me, and he said, “Mom,” he says, “they’re taking sick people and putting them in with other sick prisoners.”  […]
They Are Not Toss Away People
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Audio Submission by, Derek Johnson Amended Transcription of Audio: My name is Derek Johnson. I am originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I’m an educator. My brother’s name is Julian Johnson, and he’s incarcerated in a prison facility in Jessup, Maryland. He was incarcerated at the age of 16. He’s now 39 years old. […]
My Brother Has COVID-19, And I Can’t Find Him
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Submission by, Serena Carter Amended Transcription of Audio: My name is Serena Carter. My brother had COVID. He is very ill, very sick. I couldn’t locate him through SCDC. I called every day to find my brother, and I also prayed for his safety. It’s bad enough that my brother is in there serving a […]