Testimony of Stacey Ross

1/31/2015

Testimony of Stacey R. and her experience of Houston County Jail, Dothan AL
Testimony of Stacey Ross. and her experience of Houston County Jail, Dothan AL

I was picked up from Montgomery Womens Facility on Monday 12/22/14 at approximately 12.30 pm. My court date wasn’t until Tuesday 1/6/15 at 8.30 am. When i asked the transport officer, officer Hill, why i was being transported so early, he stated there would be no transport prior to my court date due to the holidays. As officer Hill was shackling me at the gate i asked him if Houston County was still as bad as the last time i was there and his exact response was “It’s probably worse”.

I was the only inmate on the van and officer Hill was the only officer. The handcuffs (I was also belly chained and had shackles on my feet) were extremely tight and uncomfortable. By the time we arrived at HCJ (about 2:30 pm) and the hand cuffs were removed, my wrists were swollen and bruised. I was taken straight into docket and was strip searched and put into an orange jumpsuit. I was then put into a cell for about 7 hours. I was taken out at about 9:30 pm and made to strip again. I was sprayed with some sort of “de-lousing” agent on my head and genital area.  Continue reading

Appalling Conditions In Houston County Jail

This blog was started in order to highlight the treatment of inmates whilst held in Houston County Jail Dothan, AL. Upon entering the Jail you may be subjected to the following conditions, we believe these to be unlawful, unconstitutional, inhumane and cruel and unusual punishments. Do they really expect us to stand by idly, thereby deeming this treatment of our citizens as acceptable?

  • Segregation/confinement for an indeterminate amount of time, used as a veiled threat or in retaliation for complaining about conditions or for being considered insubordinate or for even questioning officers about or requesting information
  • Showering/bathing conditions of female inmates in-particular in front of male officers through transparent curtains/cubicles, despite the Prison Rape Elimination Act’s standards for Prisons and Jails
  • Female inmates are physically checked by Jail Guards to prove that they are menstruating, before being issued sanitary towels or tampons. This degrading and inhumane treatment is in direct contradiction of PREA Laws
  • Fear and intimidation used as a method of control when enquiring about or trying to follow grievance procedures, especially for Alabama Department Of Corrections inmates
  • Forcibly made to have hair cuts, despite it being in compliance with ADOC rules and regulations

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