This site amplifies the voices of prisoners in South Central Regional Jail by sharing their stories & publishing their letters about the jail’s mishandling of the January 2014 chemical spill, and about the general conditions of life in the jail. This project also provides direct support for prisoners and their friends & families.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 12, 2015
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West Virginia Prison Phone Call Rates Drop by 87%
Prisoner Advocates Call for WV Regional Jails to Follow Suit
Charleston, West Virginia — Phone calls from West Virginia state prisons are dramatically cheaper starting this week, now costing just 48 cents for a 15-minute call, compared to the previous rate of $3.75 for the same call. According to the new phone service provider, this is the lowest rate for any state in the country — and it has just taken effect for all state-owned and -operated prisons.
“It would’ve been a hell of a lot better to have these cheap calls when I was inside,” said Eric D. Ayers, a formerly incarcerated volunteer with the prisoner support and organizing group Stories From South Central. “$3 a call is ridiculous, and they charged $5 just to put $20 on your account. You get depressed and have nobody to lean on, nobody to talk to. You miss your family and if you’ve got kids it makes it even harder.” Continue reading Press Release: West Virginia Prison Phone Call Rates Drop by 87%
Letter transcript is at the end of the letter.
Jonathan, Margaret, Kim
Hey! How are you? Im doing kinda ok despite the circumstances. I’ll tell you what I want to sue the shit out of the regional jails for letting my GI problems go for so long and for forcing so many pills on me when when I repeatedly requested to see a GI doctor because I wasn’t digesting food or pooping and the pills were making my liver hurt. I wanted to see an outside doc for that too.Now I’m shitting blood and I don’t know what is going on with my liver but it hurts. They are taking 3 stool samples to check for blood. 1# was positive, I still have #2 in a cup to give them yet but I can see the blood in it. I am sure #3 will have some to. I don’t know if they take you to a hospital if 3 show up positive or not, but why else would they check three times instead of one.
April 30, 2014
To Kim + Matthew + All the gang :)
Let me start by apologizing for the late reply. Thank you all for the birthday wishes and Mary’s and I books you sent. Kim, great call on the Zora Hurston :) Read it in one day. Sucks we have to donate our books to the jail though :(
So what’ve you guys + gals been up to out there? Just to let you all know Mary Horton’s my cellie and the water here’s still effecting us. We’ve gone down to medical having to have paid for our visit + script only to still break out in itchy scratchy bumps. I’ve literally scratched my flesh apart over a large percent of my body + I’m a big girl mind you lol. Medical says (Nurse Lynn) that it’s not the first cases she’s seen in medical since the water crisis and that it’s mainly in the African American inmates that this is largely being reported. They prescribed us some steroid cream for it, 5 day supply or so and it really relieved nothing for we still itch and unfortunately nothing’s going to remedy this, not in here at least. By any chance do you know of anything else better to use for all this crazy itching? The state isn’t going to supply us with a care if especially the CDC’s saying the waters are safe now. My skin says otherwise still. Continue reading Letters from Kerry Harvey (4/30 + 6/3/14)