Coronavirus while incarcerated has been mentally difficult

Taylor, Shariff

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Submission Tuesday 6-9-2020 Coronavirus while incarcerated has been mentally difficult because I have nothing really to do but think and worry about when this will be over so the program can go back to the way it was. Most of the inmates I've talked to, feel that the Administration will trick us an keep things like they are now or only give us (inmates) certain privileges back. To me, I'm only getting stronger by being forced to deal head-on with my mental thoughts that would usually cause me problems or get me into physical altercations with officers and inmates. Yes, there are more harder days ahead but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to handle it. M mom worries about me catching Covid-19 because she feels that they'll (the prison officials and Medical Staff) won't get me help at an outside hospital, which has ventilators and the proper preventative medication to keep me alive. Honestly, I think the same since they'll have to cut through official red-tape to get us there. They (medical staff) are only prepared to Quarantine if we are showing symptoms or have a mental or suicidal episode. Basically, it's ultimately up to us Inmates to stay safe by being sanitary; showering, washing our hands + body, disinfect our living spaces, washing clothes + masks daily and lastly, keeping the social distancing trait even if nobody shows signs because, a person can't be too careful. I'm looking into the Petition for Release due to Covid-19 action. I'll let you know what happens with that once I hear back. Writing about multiple subjects will come soon after I'm past this Coronavirus stage. Thank you A.P.W.A. for giving me a avenue to express and share my true thoughts. Write or send me anything you want. Sincerely, Shariff Taylor [ID]

Author: Taylor, Shariff

Author Location: California

Date: June 9, 2020

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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