If You Want to Reduce Recidivism You Have to Care About Inmates
A recent commenter made a statement that sparked this article. She said,
The simple fact is, that you can’t treat people like animals, release them from a cage, and expect them to behave like contributing members of society. Period.
Yes, it’s really that simple.
The article Ms. Reader was commenting on was about how I may have broken my hand (I still don’t know, and still haven’t gotten an x-ray a week later) and was ridiculed by medical staff. This isn’t my first rodeo dealing with medical mistreatment or medical staff just flat-out not doing their job. I’ve been contending with another issue for over a year now and I still haven’t been told the diagnosis. I have a diagnosis.
How do I know?
A nurse let it slip during a visit. She immediately realized her error and backed up, stating that she could lose her job for telling me. I told her I wouldn’t say anything to the doctor about her faux pax and would wait for the doctor to let me know. That’s been almost a year ago, and I still don’t officially have a diagnosis, which means I am not getting any treatment either.
For the record, I have peripheral neuropathy. That’s what is causing the issue in my arms I discussed here.
What It’s Like to Receive Outside Medical Treatment When You’re in Prison
I hope you like being in chains.
My Top 3 Medical Grievances Regarding Being in Prison as of Today
I’m tired of being treated less than human.
While my issues are painful and frustrating, thankfully, they aren’t life-threatening. There are inmates here and at other facilities with life-threatening or life-altering illnesses and diseases who rely on treatments on a daily basis that they’re either not…