Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Letter to the Legislature Concerning the Treatment of Prisoners in DOC Custody

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Some months ago, I was made privy to personal letters written by someone who is incarcerated in the CT prison system.  These letters go back many years.  To make a long story short, based on what this person has written over and over again, prisoners are often denied the medical treatment they need and even deliberately abused.
I can no longer remain silent, knowing this maltreatment is going on.  Attached are a few pages from the last letter from him.  I will let you read them for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

However, I will say this.  In most cases, the loss of freedom is enough punishment.  It is inhumane to deny those charged into the custody of the state necessary medical care, especially when that denial results in unnecessary suffering.  Often times, prisoners are denied something as simple as a decent mattress, which is readily available.  Other times, they are denied treatment they are entitled to, not just under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but simply because they are human beings.
It is incomprehensible that the legislature would repeal the death penalty under the guise that it is cruel and unusual punishment, yet allow prisoners to suffer through a lack of medical care and sometimes even at the hands of guards who choose to ignore their needs or to engage in deliberate harassment of prisoners.

This entire series of letters, entitled "From Behind Bars" may be accessed in The Middletown Insider, here: 

I urge the legislature to take up this matter as soon as possible. 

Very truly yours,

William Boylan

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