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Letter to Public Safety Chairs

 

SEE ALSO:

Prison critics rip medical care. Boston Herald. 10 December 2006

Paraplegic man abused by prison authorities dies at Shirley: Officials say he hanged himself. The Bridge. 22 June 2006

Correlation of Prisoners' Issues and Conditions to International Covenants and Treaties: An AFSC Resource Guide

How Incarceration Violates Human Rights Including The Rights of Women and Their Families

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

 

Dear Senator Barrios and Representative Coakley-Rivera:

I was informed on Saturday of disturbing circumstances of Mass. Prisoner, Anthony Garafolo, who was transferred to the Shattuck Hospital on Thursday. Mr. Garafolo is post surgical from UMass Medical where he received excellent care for the gaping bedsore, caused by prior DoC neglect, referenced below. I was informed that the flap sewn over the hole left by the bedsore has split open and is bleeding and that Mr. Garafolo, a paraplegic, is experiencing pain and is not receiving proper medical care.

I am very concerned that the treatment of Mr. Garafolo may not be in accordance with his civil and human rights. Increasingly media reports and research articles are exposing cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in U.S. jails and prisons, including in Massachusetts. Medical neglect and abuse appears to be a factor in some of the recent deaths in state and county facilities.

As Chairs of the Joint Public Safety/Homeland Security Committees I am writing to ask that you ensure that Mr. Garafolo's rights are not being violated and that he is given the medical care he requires.

Sincerely,

Andrea Hornbein
20 Rugg Road
Boston, MA  02134
(617) 372-5760

 

 

     Last Updated on Wednesday July 25, 2007.