Essay on inmates with contagious diseases, etc. working in FDC chowhalls handling food in violation of state and federal health laws

Hempstead, Harold

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To: American Prison Writing Archive (APWA) Date: August 18, 2017 Essay on inmates with contagious diseases, etc. working in FDC chowhalls handling food in violation of state and federal health laws. Prior to my March 17, 2017 transfer to Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC), I was incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) for approximately 17 years. During my years incarcerated in FDC, I personally knew dozens of inmates who had blood, skin, and lung diseases, etc. who worked in chowhalls handling food at numerous institutions in FDC. Several of the inmates had highly contagious blood and skin diseases, etc. For instance a lot of the inmates had HIV, HEP C, scabies, body lice, and staph. FDC allowing inmates with the above types of diseases, etc. to work in chowhalls handling food has and is causing inmates and staff to catch the diseases, etc. that a lot of the inmates working in the chowhalls have. If you go to the official internet site for the Florida Department of Corrections, you can use their search engine to [search?] the rules and procedures for "medical services" in FDC. The foregoing will show FDC does not test every inmate who enters FDC for contagious diseases. FDC records will also show FDC has been allowing inmates with contagious diseases, etc. to work in inmate chowhalls for decades. FDC is violating state and federal health laws in doing the foregoing. All FDC has to do to fix this problem is have medical blood test all the inmates they assign to work in inmate chowhalls. Take care, Harold Hempstead Tennessee

Author: Hempstead, Harold

Author Location: Tennessee

Date: August 18, 2017

Genre: Essay

Extent: 2 pages

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