PRISON HEALTH NEWS
Issue 32 | Spring 2017
Aliana Grace Bailey
IN THIS ISSUE
HIV Meds…….………………....2-3
Hepatitis C Legal Updates..4-5
Polluted Prisons: When the
building you live in is bad for
your health…………….…….….6-7
Safety and After-care……......8-9
SSRIs/Antidepressants: What
You Need to Know……….10-11
The Prison Cell…………...12-13
Information and Support
Resources…………………....14-15
Subscribe!.............................16
WHO WE ARE…
We are on the outside, but some of us were inside before and survived it.
We’re here to take your health questions seriously and make complicated
health information understandable. We want to help you learn how to get
better health care within your facility and how to get answers to your health
questions. Be persistent—don’t give up. Join us in our fight for the right to
health care and health information.
Read on…
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HIV MEDS
BY PRIYANKA ANAND
This article is going to break down the types of
HIV drugs, and why people living with HIV need to
take medications to control the virus.
HIV and AIDS
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus
that attacks the body’s immune system. People
with weakened immune systems cannot fight
infections or cancer as well, and are more likely to
get sick. HIV specifically attacks a type of white
blood cell called the CD4 cell.
When HIV progresses to its most severe
form, it is called AIDS, or acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome. People with HIV are
diagnosed with AIDS when they have 200 or fewer
CD4 cells, the kind of cell HIV attacks, or if they
develop one of the illnesses associated with AIDS.
Not everyone with HIV has AIDS.
Treatment can keep people healthy,
control HIV, and prevent it from progressing to
AIDS.
What is ART?
The medications that treat HIV are called
antiretroviral therapy (ART). Most of these
treatments interrupt the life cycle of the HIV virus,
preventing it from growing in the body. The goal of
ART is to reduce the viral load of HIV, which is
basically the amount of HIV that is found in the
blood. This helps keep the immune system strong.
Blood tests for “viral load” and “CD4 count” are
used to monitor a person’s response to HIV
treatment.
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The standard of care is to treat everyone
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who
is
living
with HIV with ART, because this
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lives,
reduces AIDS-related disease and
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other complications, and decreases HIV
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Even people with a strong immune system,
For all other inquiries write to a high CD4 count, or with no symptoms are
the Locust Street address on
recommended to start ART early to decrease
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the rate of AIDS-related disease or other
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complications.
People with AIDS also live longer and
have fewer AIDS-related complications
when they take ART.
The ART regimen
Once someone is diagnosed with HIV,
they will usually start on a 3-drug
regimen. This usually means two
nucleoside reverse transcriptase
inhibitors (NRTIs) and one other type of
drug, like an integrase inhibitor (INSTI),
protease inhibitor (PI), or nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase
inhibitor (NNRTI). Two or three
medications may be combined into a
single pill, so patients on a 3-drug
regimen may only have to take one or
two different pills.
Factors such as other health
conditions, side effects, the number of
pills, and cost may affect which ART
medications a person uses.
Some HIV medications interact
badly with other medications people are
taking, so the doctor may choose not to
use certain therapies for that reason.
Also, some drugs should be taken with
food, while others must be taken on an
empty stomach.
HIV can develop resistance to
medication, which is why three
medications of at least two different
types are used to prevent resistance.
Resistance means the current ART
treatment stops controlling the
virus and new medications are
needed.
It is important for people
taking ART to take it as prescribed.
Skipping doses or taking pills late
runs the risk of causing treatment
resistance and allowing the virus to
grow again.
The doctor should get
drug resistance genotype
testing, which shows which
medications will work for you against
the HIV infection, before starting ART.
Some people have HIV that is already
resistant to some medications before
treatment is started.
PEP and PrEP
People who do not have HIV sometimes
take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV
infection.
Post-exposure prophylaxis
(PEP) means taking an antiretroviral
drug after a possible exposure to HIV,
like unprotected sex or needle sharing.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis
(PrEP) is a pill that is taken every day
by a person who may be at high risk of
getting HIV, to reduce the chance of
infection. Truvada, the PrEP pill, can
reduce the risk of getting HIV by more
than 90 percent if taken daily. People
taking PrEP should get regularly tested
for HIV.
For more HIV drug fact sheets,
write to us at
Prison Health News
c/o Philadelphia FIGHT
1233 Locust Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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PENNSYLVANIA DOC ORDERED
TO EVALUATE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
FOR HEP C TREATMENT
DEREK GILNA
PUBLISHED IN PRISON LEGAL NEWS FEBRUARY, 2017
BY
Pennsylvania state prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence and
diagnosed with hepatitis C, sued the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC)
in federal court when he was refused treatment for that life-threatening disease.
On January 3, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani
granted Abu-Jamal’s motion for a preliminary injunction, ordering the DOC to
let a doctor examine him within 14 days regarding his suitability for hep C
treatment—an order which, given his diagnosis, effectively guarantees he will
eventually receive medical care. Abu-Jamal, a well-known political prisoner who
was successful in having his death sentence overturned, is a Prison Legal News
columnist.
Incarcerated since 1981, Abu-Jamal filed suit in September 2016 seeking
medical care after he began to exhibit symptoms of hepatitis C; however, the
DOC maintained that he did not qualify for treatment. The latest generation
hep C drugs cost around $84,000 to $90,000 per patient. Most medical experts
agree that these drugs, including Harvoni and Solvaldi, are over 90% effective at
curing hepatitis C. [See: Prison Legal News, Aug. 2015, p.22; July 2014, p.20]. Also
named as a defendant in the lawsuit is the DOC’s private medical services
provider, Correct Care Solutions.
According to Judge Mariani’s order, which relied heavily upon the
testimony of Dr. Jay Cowan and other medical experts, “the Plaintiff has shown
that Defendants have deliberately denied providing treatment to inmates with a
serious medical condition and chosen a course of monitoring instead. They have
done so with the knowledge that (1) the standard of care is to administer
[hepatitis C] medications regardless of the disease’s stage, (2) inmates would
likely suffer from hepatitis C complications and disease progress without
treatment, and (3) the delay in receiving...medications reduces their efficacy.”
The DOC had argued that “monitoring” prisoners with hep C rather
than providing them with treatment did not violate the Eighth Amendment, but
the court rejected that defense. Although medical negligence or malpractice
does not constitute an Eighth Amendment violation, “medical treatment may so
deviate from the applicable standard of care as to evidence a physician’s
deliberate indifference,” the district court wrote, quoting McRaven v.
Sanders, 577 F.3d 974 (8th Cir. 2009) [Prison Legal News, June 2011,
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p.46].
Photo by Joe Piette, from a recent demonstration in Philadelphia
The court further noted that Abu-Jamal had a serious medical condition
and would continue to suffer if he were not treated, and that “[h]is liver will
continue to scar and its functioning will continue to deteriorate.” In granting the
motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Mariani observed that the “realities of
civil litigation make it likely that waiting for resolution at trial will prolong
Plaintiff’s suffering for a significant period of time and result in an overall
deterioration of his health.”
The defendants appealed the ruling on January 12, 2017. Abu-Jamal is
represented by Bret D. Grote with the Abolitionist Law Center and attorney
Robert J. Boyle. See: Abu-Jamal v. Wetzel, U.S.D.C. (M.D. Penn.), Case No. 3:16
-cv-02000-RDM; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 368.
Apparently, by denying hep C treatment to Abu-Jamal and appealing the
preliminary injunction, DOC officials are trying to accomplish what they failed
to achieve when Abu-Jamal won his appeals and was removed from death row.
Originally published by Prison Legal News (www.prisonlegalnews.org);
reprinted with permission. To subscribe to Prison Legal News for a
year, send a check or money order for $30 to: Prison Legal News,
P.O. Box 1151, Lake Worth, FL 33460. Or send $5 for one sample
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Editors’ Note: Prison Health News will keep you informed about the progress
of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s hep C treatment case. He has not been treated for hep C
yet, because the state of Pennsylvania has appealed. You can write to us at the
Locust Street address on page 16 if you have health questions about hep
C. However, we cannot answer legal questions.
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POLLUTED PRISONS: WHEN THE BUILDING YOU LIVE IN
IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
BY SUZY SUBWAYS
Flint, Michigan residents and Native Americans at Standing Rock, North Dakota are
demanding that their drinking water be protected from chemical poisons. The world
has begun to hear their words: “Water is Life.” People in prison are speaking up too.
Countless prisons and jails in the United States have contaminated water, but
that’s not the only problem. Many prisons were built under unsafe conditions and can
cause health problems for people held in them. Like in Flint and Standing Rock, these
health risks most often affect Black and Native American people, other people of color,
and white people from poor communities.
Some prisons are contaminated with mold. Others were built near uranium
processing facilities where the water and air contain radioactive waste. And some
prisons do not have evacuation plans even though they are located near nuclear power
plants or in danger areas for natural disasters such as flooding.
Coal ash
SCI Fayette in Pennsylvania was built on a massive dump of coal waste. People
incarcerated there have reported chronic sore throats, extreme throat swelling,
shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, vision problems, stomach pain, and tumors.
Many have been diagnosed with cancer or thyroid disorders.
According to a report by the Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights
Coalition, “Situating a prison in the midst of a massive toxic coal waste dump may be
impermissible under the Constitution if it is shown that prisoners face a substantial risk
of serious harm caused by exposure to pollutants from the dump.”
Valley fever
In California, Arizona and throughout the Southwest, people in prison are more
vulnerable to Valley Fever than those outside prison. Valley Fever is caused by a fungus
that lives in dry soil and is transmitted through the air. People of African, Filipino and
Pacific Islander descent are at much higher risk of developing a severe form of the
disease, which can be fatal.
Health officials recommend ventilators, door seals, and landscaping or
concrete around the prisons to keep dust in the ground. Prisons should transfer out
people who are at higher risk. Those imprisoned in affected areas should be tested for
Valley Fever and given treatment if they have it.
Gas and spray
Tear gas and pepper spray are being used against people in prison more often in recent
years. If you’re exposed to CS tear gas, try this if possible:
 Use the inside of your coat or shirt to protect your mouth and nose
 Blow your nose, rinse your mouth, cough and spit. Try not to swallow.
 Put your face under the tap and rinse your eyes with cold water, from the inner
corner to the outer corner, making sure your hands don’t touch your eyes and
the water doesn’t run off onto your skin or clothes
 Shower in cold water—not hot water—and change your clothes
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If pepper spray gets in your eyes, try to flush your eyes with water as soon as you
can. Experts disagree about what to do next, but if you have access to any of these,
they might help:
 Saline solution for the eyes
 Whole milk to stop the burning
 3 parts cold water, 1 part detergent (the brand Dawn is best) to rinse the oils
off
 1 part water, 1 part Maalox (an aluminum- or magnesium hydroxide-based
antacid, not a simethicone-based antacid)
Your facility’s “use of force” guidelines can let you know whether it might help to
file a grievance. The War Resisters League is pressuring the Department of Justice
to end the use of tear gas and pepper spray in prisons. If you have a story to share,
write to them at
War Resisters League
168 Canal St, Suite 600
New York, NY 10013
Lobbying for Protections
The job of the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to
protect the public’s health from pollution. But the EPA ignores 2.4 million people
simply because they are in prison. The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons and the
Prison Ecology Project have brought together activists across the country to
pressure the EPA to fix this. It will be a tough battle under incoming president
Trump, who wants to take away environmental regulations. You can write to the
EPA to ask them to investigate and stop environmentally unsafe conditions in
prison:
Office of Environmental Justice
Environmental Protection Agency [Mail Code 2201A]
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
One small victory at a time
In Texas, people incarcerated at the Wallace Pack Unit filed a lawsuit in 2014
because of unsafe drinking water and extreme heat. Finally, on June 21, 2016, U.S.
District Court Judge Keith Ellison ordered the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice to provide drinking water without unsafe levels of arsenic, a deadly poison
that can cause cancer, skin lesions, diabetes and heart disease.
If you are housed in a facility where the water, air or other conditions
threaten your health, you can write to the following address to report it. They may
or may not be able to help you, but they can spread the word about the problem:
Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons
c/o Civic Media Center
433 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
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Artwork by Lucy Gleysteen
SAFETY AND AFTER-CARE
BY TRACEY HAMILTON
The primary fear most people express about getting tattooed in prison is that
they may contract the HIV virus, which may cause AIDS. HIV is only one of
many viruses that can be transmitted. Syphilis, tuberculosis, strep, staph, and
hepatitis are just a few of the other diseases to take into consideration.
Since a tattoo gun with a motor cannot be sterilized properly, germs
and bacteria can get inside it. My best tip would be to wrap it inside a latex
glove and do short tattoo sessions to keep it cool. There is no perfect way to
sterilize the needle, but I’ll suggest a few things that’ll help. A) Boil in water. B)
Rinse with water and bleach, and clean with soap. C) Burn with fire at a high
temperature.
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Here is a checklist that should
be followed to make it a little more
safe and sterile for everybody involved.
 The artist will put on disposable
latex gloves and lay out everything
needed on a sterile surface. Ink,
paper towels, etc.
 The area where the tattoo will be
placed is shaved, using a disposable
razor that has not been used
before.
 Using paper towels, the area is
cleaned with an antiseptic solution.
 Another paper towel is run across
a stick of clear deodorant and then
applied to the prepped skin, to
apply the stencil.
 The tattoo stencil is placed on the
skin.
 Everything must be disposable and
used only once. Wiping down
tattoo with new paper towel
every time.
 When finished, the artist will clean
it gently with an alcohol/water
solution and wrap it in sterile
gauze.
Prison tattoo ink is a
misnomer, because black is the only
actual ink used in tattooing. The rest
of the colors are made from mixing
dry pigments (made from vegetable
matter) with a suspension fluid such as
water or one of several kinds of
alcohol. These risks are slight to none,
except to people who have extreme
sensitivities already. In prison, ink
could be made from anything, even
burning up an old comb or toothbrush
into ash and mixing with shampoo,
toothpaste, or mouthwash.
There are a lot of ways to
make ink. You can’t trust any. The best
thing to do is ask some old school to
help you make your own. You may be
able to order acrylic inks, and other
kinds too. Not all are safe, and some
can cause allergic reactions. If
you’re concerned about ink allergies,
ask your tattooist to do a “patch test”
on a discreet part of your body,
punching a tiny bit of ink under your
skin to see how your body reacts.
If you experience any out-of-the
-ordinary symptoms (shortness of
breath, rapid heartbeat, fever, swelling,
rash, or dizziness) after being tattooed,
seek medical attention immediately.
When you make your ink, you
have to put it in a bottle. Most use an
eye drop bottle, which I believe is as safe
as we can get, since it’s sterile already,
just empty and fill. When you’re ready to
start, you need an ink cup to put a few
drops of ink into while you work. My
favorite technique is to dig a pit in a
new bar of soap and use that as an ink
holder. Never reuse old ink or try to put
any back into the bottle. Used ink can
transmit hepatitis C, even weeks after it
was used last.
Some ink won’t be as dark once
it heals. A second session will be needed.
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After-care procedure
Gently clean area twice daily with
antibacterial soap, using your
fingertips.
Apply thin layer of A&E ointment or
bacitracin, or even a water-based,
additive-free lotion.
Continue regimen for two weeks. If
you notice any swelling, redness or
burning that doesn’t go away after a
few days, consult a doctor.
Tracey Hamilton 847563
Baraga Correctional Facility
13924 Wadaga Road
Baraga, MI 49908
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SSRIS/ANTIDEPRESSANTS: WHAT YOU
NEED TO KNOW
BY MARK MORALES
Editors’ Note: People in prison have a right to informed consent, according to the
Handbook of Correctional Mental Health. For psychiatric medications, this means the
healthcare provider who prescribes a drug must explain why they’re giving you the
drug, and what the risks and benefits might be. They need to tell you about any other
drugs that you could possibly take to treat the condition, because you may have more
than one option to choose from. They also need to tell you the risks and benefits of
not taking the drug, so that you can make an informed choice. This discussion and
your consent to be given the drug should be documented in the medical record. You
have a right to refuse treatment.
Selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors, commonly known as SSRIs,
are usually the first medicines that
doctors will use to treat depression and
other mental illnesses. SSRIs are also
called “antidepressants,” but they can be
used to treat other mental illnesses
besides depression. If you suffer from
anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), panic attacks, or obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD), you may also
benefit from taking SSRIs.
Unsure if you are currently taking
an SSRI? Here is a list of SSRIs, with brand
names in parentheses:
 Citalopram (Celexa)
 Escitalopram (Lexapro)
 Fluoxetine (Prozac)
 Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
 Paroxetine (Paxil)
 Sertraline (Zoloft)
depression or anxiety. Many people
report that they “feel like themselves”
again when the medication is working.
While your mood may improve during the
first two weeks taking the drug, it can
take anywhere from 3-8 weeks before you
feel the full benefit of the drug. SSRIs must
be taken every day, not just when you
are feeling sad or anxious.
available for signaling, SSRIs can improve
symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Are there negative side effects?
SSRIs are generally safe medications, and
they have fewer side effects than other
classes of drugs that are used to treat
depression and anxiety. Side effects are
What if the drug is not working?
If your mood or anxiety level does not
feel any better after 4 weeks, your doctor
may decide to slowly increase the dose.
Your doctor should start you on the
lowest effective dose of the drug, then
gradually increase the dose as needed.
This gives your body and brain time to
adjust to the medication, which lessens
the chance that you will have negative side
effects. If you are still not feeling better on
a higher dose of the drug, then the doctor
might decide to switch you to a different
How do SSRIs work?
SSRI. Sometimes you have to try two or
These drugs work by raising the level of
even three different SSRIs before finding
serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a
chemical that relays signals in the brain. By the one that works for you. It can be a
process of trial and error.
increasing the amount of serotonin
How do I know if the drug is
working? How long will it take?
SSRIs can improve your mood
10 and reduce your symptoms of
If you’re having side
effects, you can ask
your healthcare
provider if there are
ways to treat the side
effect, or if the drug
dose can be lowered,
or if you can switch to a different SSRI.
What happens if I stop taking the
drug abruptly?
It is important to talk to your doctor
before stopping your SSRI. If you stop the
drug abruptly, you will likely experience
symptoms of withdrawal. These can
include changes in mood, suicidal feelings,
dizziness, fatigue, upset stomach, muscle
aches, and chills. You are not “addicted”
to the SSRI, but your body needs the right
amount of time to adjust. To prevent
these symptoms of withdrawal, your
doctor should slowly lower your dose of
the SSRI over a few weeks before stopping
it completely. This is called “tapering” the
drug.
“Yin-Yang” by Matt Beverly
most common in the
first 3 months of
treatment. In many
cases, the side effects
diminish or go away
completely as your
body adjusts to the
drug. But for others,
the side effects may
last. Here are the most
common side effects of
SSRIs:
 Decreased sex
drive/difficulty
reaching orgasm
 Trouble falling
asleep at night
 Daytime sleepiness
 Weight gain
 Headache/nausea
 Dry mouth
You do not need to suffer in silence! Your
mental health is just as important as your
physical health, and antidepressant
medication may help improve your quality
of life.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if
someone you know is and you want to
help, we can send you a free pamphlet on
suicide prevention written by and for
people in prison. Send your request to us
at: PHN c/o Institute for Community
Justice, 1207 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor,
Philadelphia PA 19107.
For those who are having thoughts of
suicide and can call a toll-free number,
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a
If you are having feelings of depression or day, 7 days a week. Most cities have a local
anxiety, it may help to talk to your doctor. suicide or crisis hotline number.
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Artwork by Ruben Radillo
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THE PRISON CELL
BY
MAHMOUD DARWISH
It is possible…
It is possible at least sometimes…
It is possible especially now
To ride a horse
Inside a prison cell
And run away…
It is possible for prison walls
To disappear,
For the cell to become a distant
land
Without frontiers:
What did you do with the walls?
I gave them back to the rocks.
And what did you do with the ceiling?
I turned it into a saddle.
And your chain?
I turned it into a pencil.
The prison guard got angry.
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't care for poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
He came back to see me
In the morning,
He shouted at me:
Where did all this water come
from?
I brought it from the Nile.
And the trees?
From the orchards of Damascus.
And the music?
From my heartbeat.
The prison guard got mad;
He put an end to my dialogue.
He said he didn't like my poetry,
And bolted the door of my cell.
But he returned in the evening:
Where did this moon come from?
From the nights of Baghdad.
And the wine?
From the vineyards of Algiers.
And this freedom?
From the chain you tied me with
last night.
The prison guard grew so sad…
He begged me to give him back
His freedom.
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Information and Support Resources
AIDS Library
Philadelphia FIGHT
1233 Locust Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The library will answer questions about any
health condition, not just HIV/AIDS. If
you’re in Pennsylvania, you can also request
info for re-entry planning.
Center for Health Justice
900 Avila Street #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Prison Hotline: 213-229-0979
Free HIV prevention and treatment hotline
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those
being released to Los Angeles County can
get help with health care and insurance.
AIDS InfoNet
International Association of Providers of
AIDS Care
2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW,
4th Floor East
Washington, DC 20037
Free factsheets on HIV prevention and
treatment in English and 10 other
languages. Please ask for “Factsheet 1000.”
You can also request summaries of HIV and
hepatitis C treatment guidelines, which tell
doctors what care to provide in different
medical situations.
POZ Magazine
212 West 35th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
A lifestyle, treatment and advocacy
magazine for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Published 8 times a year. Free subscriptions
to HIV-positive people in prison.
Hepatitis Education Project
1621 South Jackson Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98144
Write to request info about viral hepatitis
and how you can advocate for yourself to
get the treatment you need.
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Jailhouse Lawyers’ Handbook
c/o Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Write for a free copy of The Jailhouse
Lawyer’s Handbook: How to Bring a
Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Violations
of Your Rights in Prison.
Inside Books Project
c/o 12th Street Books
827 West 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Free national resource guide for
people in prison. It contains contact
information for other organizations
that can provide free books and
information on finding legal help, pen
pals, publications, and more.
SERO Project
P.O. Box 1233
Milford, PA 18337
A network of people with HIV and
allies fighting inappropriate criminal
prosecutions of people with HIV for
nondisclosure of their HIV status,
potential or perceived HIV exposure,
or HIV transmission.
Just Detention International
3325 Wilshire Blvd, #340
Los Angeles, CA 90010
If you have experienced sexual harm
in custody, write for their packet of
info about rape and other sexual
abuse, prisoners’ rights, and how to
get help via mail and phone. Survivors
can write via confidential, legal
mail to Cynthia Totten, Attorney at
Law, CA Attorney
Reg. #199266 at
the above address.
Black and Pink
614 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
An open family of LGBTQ
prisoners and “free world” allies who
support each other. Free newsletter
and pen pal program for incarcerated
LGBTQ people.
Men and Women in Prison
Ministries
10 W. 35th Street # 9C5-2
Chicago, IL 60616
For those returning home to the
Chicago area, they can answer
questions about re-entry, faith,
health, and other organizations that
can help.
Reproductive Health, Living and
Wellness Project
Justice Now
1322 Webster St #210
Oakland, CA 94612
A free 50+ page manual about
incarcerated women’s reproductive
health. Another manual, Navigating
the Medical System, is for women in
California prisons.
PEN Writing Program for
Prisoners
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Provides incarcerated people with skilled
writing mentors and audiences for their
work. Write for a free Handbook for
Writers in Prison.
HCV Advocate
P.O. Box 15144
Sacramento, CA 95813
Write to ask for their frequently
updated, free factsheets on hepatitis C:
HCV Basics (available in English and
Spanish), Hepatitis C Treatments,
Exposure, Prevention, and/or Side Effects.
They can also send one free sample copy
of their monthly newsletter.
If you need resources that are not listed
here, write to us! We will help you track
down answers to your specific questions.
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SEEKING TIPS ON EATING HEALTHIER
MEALS WITH LIMITED RESOURCES:
In general, it's a large challenge to eat meals that are healthy while
serving time in a prison facility. Getting all the daily nutrition that is
required to sustain a healthy body is limited with the choices in the
dining hall and on the prison commissary food list, but it’s not
impossible. Prison Health News would like to hear from people on the
inside on their tips that work for planning healthy meals with limited
resources.
We want to share your tips with others who are struggling to
eat healthy meals while serving their time beyond the prison walls.
If you have tips on eating healthier with limited resources on
the inside and would like to share them with Prison Health News, we
encourage you to write to us with your ideas and tips. Your ideas and
tips would be printed and shared with others in Prison Health News.
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Edited By:
Elisabeth Long
Lucy Gleysteen
Suzy Subways
Teresa Sullivan
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