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 Other issues in this facility include selling expired items through commissary and getting outdated, green meat that they actually serve to the inmates.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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I spent 17 months at Atwood and everything I have read on here is true... Medical sucks.. Not one of the staff members/guards are professional in anything they do... The whole place is nasty.. The food is horrible and out dated ( I worked in food service warehouse so seen first hand) ... No structure or rehabilitation what so ever... The only thing I learned was how to crochet due to another inmate teaching me ... All around bad bad place.. Good luck to anyone having to go there..recommend that request another facility if possible especially if you have 2 or more years to do...
I spent a year at FMC Satellite camp, from 2002-2003, and all you people complaining about things there, WOW, it's prison, and i was shocked at the freedom you have there, the only thing you cannot do is have you hubby/wife stay with you, it's the most lenient facility I e ever seen or heard of!!! The inmates are responsible for cleaning it, so if it's dirty, it's their fault!! Martha Stewart was there before me, and offered to pay for air conditioning, however the reasoning for the BOP refusing her offer was this, the building is in the world book of Guinness records for having the most window panes, each window has like 40 individual smaller pieces of glass with a frame, making one entire window, so they arnt going to change it, I was on the 2nd floor, and yes it is hot of the day, but they gave HUGE fans in every hall, and your allowed to buy fans for your own room, unless your lazy or sick, you have a job , I was a landscaper, so by the time everyone gets back from work, eats , usually workcks out in the gym, then showers, and gets some cool breeze of air outside in the common area, on the pavilion, by the time you go to bed it cooled considerably in the hotter ,upper floors, if, God forbid, I ever had to be incarcerated again, IDE beg to go there!!! You are not there to be catered to, you are being punished for crimes you committed , this facility gives more freedom than any halfway house EVAN, stop acting as if they are victims, they are not, and are only treated as badly as they treat others , God Bless you and yours, I pray they don't have to stay long, but trust me, they WILL NOT find a more home like setting than the FMC Satellite camp in Lexington.....
This should be inspected and no one on earth should be treated like this period.