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Conditions of Covid Inside - Fourth of July

Sep 21, 2020 | by Karen Smith

This institution is allowing its employees to deprive the inmates (us) of our human rights/constitutional rights. Like most of the time, we are only given the opportunity to shower twice and sometimes once a week! We are being denied adequate cleaning tools and supplies during this COVID-19 era! We are being fed on old trays that have old food stuck to it, meaning we are being fed on dirty trays. Most times, we are not being fed the proper amount of food and are often being served unauthorized, uncoordinated and unacceptable substitutions. We are being denied dayroom and recreation privileges/rights and other things as well.

Written Submission by, Courtney Robinson
Digital Transcript:

How are you doing Queen?!

I pray this letter finds you in the best of health, spirit, and time.

The Chaplain came to see me maybe a month ago and told me that you called and asked about me. (Thank you for your concern)!! But what’s been going on is: This institution is allowing its employees to deprive the inmates (us) of our Human Rights/Constitutional Rights and Prison Rights. Like — most of the time, we are only given an opportunity to ‘shower’ [twice] [ (and sometimes once) ] a week!! We are being denied adequate cleaning “tools” and “supplies” during this COVID-19 era!! We are being fed on trays that have old food stuck to it (meaning we are being fed on dirty trays)!! Most times we are [not] being fed the proper amount of food and are often being served unauthorized, uncoordinated, and unacceptable substitutions!! We are being denied dayroom and recreation privileges/rights…and other things as well!!

And on the days that we do take showers, we are being “forced” to “earn” our “right” to shower (by performing certain duties), instead of being [offered] our right to shower.

And since this COVID-19 era, the “Secretary of the State” (Mark Inch) and “JPay” have been giving each Florida inmate 1-free collect call a week, 1-video gram a week, and 4-free emails a week…but for some strange reason, they have deactivated my phone account since last year and is refusing to…

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Courtney Robinson
Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
Milton, FL

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