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I am an inmate in the Roane County Jail. I’m writing this letter to let the public know how inhumane it is, and how we’re being treated in here.
The food portions have gotten smaller. For breakfast we get a small scoop of grits or oatmeal, half an apple or half a banana, and a piece of bread they left out the night before that they call toast.
The grits and oatmeal have no flavor. No sugar.
Lunch is a thin sandwich five days a week with water or Kool-Aid, which is only colored water.
Dinner is OK for the most part.
When I first came to this jail they gave you a cup to keep so you could drink your drinks. Last week took them away from us. We have a commissary. They took all drinks off and the ramen noodle soups off.
The protective custody section gets the worst treatment.
Certain cops hate this pod because there are some sex offenders in here.
They keep the air blasting 24-7. It’s so cold that I’ve got three shirts on, a long-john top, and two pairs of socks, and my hands and feet are like ice.
We are to be on top of our covers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If we get caught under them, our stuff is taken away until 10 p.m.
They give us cleaning supplies daily if we are lucky. We went without a broom and trash bag for four days. They give us a mop that is dirty and smells. The give us some cleaning supplies that are so watered down they don’t work.
We have to climb on top of a trash can and risk breaking our necks to change the TV — they won’t give us a remote.
We are to be up, out of our bed at 8 a.m. for “bed inspection.” It’s really a shake down every morning before we can even get our TV or phone on.
We make up our beds, and they tear them up. We have to remake them.
We’ve only been outside 15 minutes in about eight days. They keep telling us that our days have been switched. When the designated day comes, they tell us that they don’t have time. The other pods go out three times a week for one to two hours.
One more thing: We are allowed three books a month. If we want a magazine, we can’t have it. It doesn’t say in the jail rule book that we can’t have a magazine or newspaper.
We need something to occupy our time. We are being treated unfairly, and I want the public to know.
Roane County Jail