Friday, May 16, 2008
Hope Is a Good Thing...and so Are Toe Nail Clippers
by Matt Pulle
on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM
The Shawshank Redemption
this is not.
“On 11-9-07 at supper I received two hotdogs with bread but only one ketchup and one mustard for both. This was not enough for both hot dogs.”
Status: The complaint was investigated. The inmate was receiving the standard amount of condiments.
“Nurse got smart with me for no valid reason. I'm entitled to better treatment than that.”
Status: Nurse was interviewed, but there is no way to prove or disprove this allegation.
“The Christmas card my family sent to the jail was returned to sender. I want my Christmas cards. My rights are violated.”
Status: The complaint was investigated. Inmates are told all musical cards are returned because they contain contraband (metal). Inmate reminded of the jail mail policy he received upon intake.
“I have been denied medical treatment. I've not been able to cut my toenails in over a month.
Status: Complaint investigated. Nail clippings are performed on weekends according to staff availability and should be prioritized with all inmate medical needs. Nail clippings involve the use of a 'sharp' and inmates cannot keep clippers 'on their person' for security/safety reasons. The inmate appealed the medical response to the grievance. The Health Department reviewed the case and found in favor of the inmate since nail clippings had not been offered in a reasonable amount of time. The medical department proceeded to 'catch-up' on all nail clipping requests.”
So in the course of reporting a story about several local inmates, I came across a Metro Public Health Department memo that outlines several complaints. Below are just a few real-life gripes from behind bars.