By Angelo Crimi
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO - Prisoners at Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI) confined in the segregation unit are constantly subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
Prisoners are confined to a building that is over 100 years old and the penalogical practice it was built for is inadequate for 20th century correctional purposes, subjected prisoners to cruel and unusual punishment. The plumbing is as old at the building and only cold water is available in the cells.
On A-Range none of the 18 cells have a flushing mechanisms. The flushing is controlled by guards and as a result of this practice prisoners are subjected to smelling their earlier emitted urine and feces while they sleep and eat. This is denying them equal protection of the law and subjecting them to more cruel and unusual punishment.
When prisoners are placed in "Strip Cells" they are denied toothbrushes, soap and other items necessary to maintain their personal hygiene. This violates institutional policies.
The cells are infested with roaches, ants, rodents (rats and mice) and other insects as well as bird droppings. At times the prisoners foods is sprayed with dangerous chemicals (roach spray) and they are forced to eat it. This causes intentional infliction of mental and emotional distress in violation of state laws, health and sanitary conditions.
Angelo Crimi R-147-656 and six other prisoners have filed a class action lawsuit against the officials at CO.
One of the plaintiffs in the class action suit (Dakeen White R-151-602) was on a roundtrip at the hospital and three guards beat him while riding the elevator at the hospital. That is a prime example of what prisoners may go through if they stand up and fight for their civil rights. The result from the beating: another lawsuit.
Letters of protest should be sent to: T.L. Morris (warden), P.O. Box 5500, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.
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