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Satellite Camp at FMC Lexington

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I am writing today about the conditions at the women's satellite camp at FMC Lexington. The temperatures in Lexington, KY are in the 90's already and the inside temperature inside this facility is becoming hazardous to the women who are housed there. They measured the temperature on the 3rd floor yesterday and it was 130 degrees. This is unacceptable. This facility has no airconditioning and they have locked the ice machines so they can only have 1 cup of ice a day. This facility is equipped to hold less than 200 women and as of today it's population is 332. So 332 women have to stand in a line to receive 1 cup of ice per day. Women are passing out from the heat. This violates their basic human rights and has to be addressed. Other issues in this facility include selling expired items through commissary and getting outdated, green meat that they actually serve to the inmates. After a little reserach, I have found that many prisons do not have air conditioning. Lawmakers will not back down on thier 'tough on crime" mentality therefore increasing the overcrowding. Why has no one suggested sending some of these non violent criminals home, place them on house arrest and put them to work. The family then pays for them and this would save the BOP millions. If lawmakers cannot come up with a prison reform that actually works, then they are responsible for seeing that basic human rights are not violated. These are people who made mistakes and regardless of thier crime they deserve to live in an environment that does not put them in danger. They deserve to live in conditions where thier health is not compromised. Something has to be done about the living conditions in this facility before it is too late. This is the first time I have had an dealings with the federal prison system and I can assure you that if and when you have a family member who has to live under these conditions, it will change the way you view the prison system.

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Mike D. from Dayton, OH signed.
December 12, 2016
Mike D. from Lexington, KY writes:
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Facility is totally unacceptable it's full of asbestos, my throat hurts EVERYTIME I visit the facility, I've been in construction over 20yrs and whole building is full of it. Even though the season has changed its extremely cold in the facility no heat in visitation and I believe I caught a cold there last week from freezing in visitation room, I ask the guard why there was no heat, he smiled and said this is Prison, my response is its inhumane and I'm not an inmate, honestly I see so many non-violent offenders that are confined to wheelchairs, walkers and canes it makes no sense to house them I ask myself why wouldn't the Government give home confinement and save the Government millions, seems as if the government works off money not morals, 70% of the women at Atwood are no threat to the community whatsoever, and the craziest thing is if your resitivism level is very high meaning no family connections or support the BOP releases those inmates first which with really no accredited programming or real job training nor education those with a high resitivism would be lucky to get a job at Mc Donald's so guess what many of them return within 6months of leaving Lexington FMC, sounds like they are running a revolving door to keep those unicorp jobs rolling and money coming in to the government, mean while if you have family support, get visits, have a degree and resources the facility wants keep you locked up , and tell those inmates they'll bounce back whenever they get out, it's a shame those individuals that chose to do something else with the 24hrs each day then someone else should be punish for having attempted to make better life choices, and also being told by the staff that the BOP can do what we want long as your in our custody, honestly the Government needs step in a mandate more training add new staff that haven't been in the system for 20yrs. So they really don't care to change anything or any practice that has been going on for the last 20yrs. These people are human, we all make mistakes everyone deserves a second chance but rarely will even know about the SECOND CHANCE ACT 2007, because the CM doesn't want to do the paperwork, nor take a recommendation from the sentencing Judge nor utilize the program's and the government laws to help people get back to there lives and family. It's very sad I'm starting here but I intend to be heard in Washington DC.
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Someone from Memphis, TN writes:
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I strongly agree! they at least deserve air conditioning at Least if they are non violent ! Send them home ,place them on house arrest ! Especially if they have no previous criminal record !
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