[Ppnews] Letter Appeal For Jerome White-Bey - Still Being Denied Medical Treatment!!

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Wed Jan 26 10:23:13 EST 2011

Letter Appeal For Jerome White-Bey - Still Being Denied Medical Treatment!!

Jerome White-Bey is the founder and president of the Missouri 
Prisoner Labor Union, an organization of Missouri prisoners and their 
outside supporters who are organizing around labor and other prison 
conditions. Since the founding of the MPLU, Jerome has been subject 
to administrative harassment and retaliation. He was in the "hole" 
(administrative segregation) for two years following the formation of 
the MPLU and has constantly been moved in and out of segregation since.

Jerome had been told over a 3-4 year period by doctors at three 
different prisons that he had kidney problems which was a result of 
having diabetes. This kidney infection had been left untreated for a 
long period of time and after letters of complaint and phone calls 
made to the prison from a previous letter appeal Jerome was then sent 
for tests and told that it was not in fact his kidneys that had been 
making him unwell but that he has serious liver problems from having 
Hepatitis C, which he was unaware he had till that point. He was then 
told that he needs a course of Interferon treatment that will last 
for 12 months and he'll have to be transferred to another prison to 
have the treatment.

Then, after further time and more letters of complaint, he was told 
his transfer to start the treatment had to be delayed because he had 
a hypothyroid. He was given medication to take and told that this 
medication should bring his thyroid to a normal state after two 
months. Shortly after he was moved to the segregation unit under an 
investigation but no-one has ever told him why. Jerome feels that 
this was nothing more than retaliation against him for the previous 
letter appeals. After many months passed and filing numerous 
complaints he was eventually told that he had been cleared of all the 
allegations made against him. But all the time that he was in the 
Segregation Unit his health relating to his thyroid condition, which 
should have been brought back to normal a long time ago now, and his 
Hepatitis C has not been monitored at all. He was not even seen by a 
doctor during this time.

Jerome now faces a new problem. After being cleared of all the 
allegations against him he should be released back into the general 
population but because his custody level has just recently been 
dropped from a C-4 to a C-3 that means that he can not be housed in 
that prison so he will have to remain in segregation until he is 
transferred, which could take a while. All this time his health is 
not being monitored and gives the prison administration more excuses 
for delays. But the answer is simple! A place in a C-3 level prison 
does not need to be found yet because he should be transferred to 
start the Interferon treatment for his Hepatitis C and the longer 
they take approving this the worse his condition becomes.

Jerome thanks everyone for the complaints that have been made 
previously to get him this far but asks that we write letters or call 
the prison again to get him transferred and started on the treatment he needs.

Please write letters of complaint to:

Lisa Jones, Constituent Services Officer
Missouri Department of Corrections
2729 Plaza Drive
P.O. Box 236
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2389

Ms.Angela Chandler, Health Services Administrator
Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
(573) 358-5516

Ms.Shanta Pribble, Director of Nursing
Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
(573) 358-5516

Write letters of support to:
Jerome White-Bey
2727 Highway K
Bonne Terre, MO 63628

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