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

Testimony Of Christine R.

Written testimony of Rosalind R. of her experiences whilst an inmate at Houston County Jail, Dothan AL
Written testimony of Rosalind R. of her experiences whilst an inmate at Houston County Jail, Dothan AL

2010 – I was indigent and had $20 placed on account. They took the entire amount then said I wasn’t qualified for indigent status. I received no toilet paper or sanitary napkins for over 3 weeks. I had to tear up a towel to use during my menstrual cycle and they threatened to write me up for destruction of county property.

The mental health doctor put me on 100 mg of Zoloft. My bladder quit working and I went days without peeing. I was finally taken to the medical center and told tge dosage of Zoloft should not have been so high and it was causing my bladder to contract.

2014 – The water is ice cold and the temperature in the dorm is freezing. I had to wash my hair in the sink because the water is too cold to get up under. It’s always like that. The floors are extremely slippery, one little wet spot and people fall. I myself have fallen several times and seen many others fall also. No cleaning supplies are given out to clean and sanitize the dorm.

Transcribed by admin, from written statement by Rosalind R.