Letter Appeal For Jerome White-Bey
- Still Being Denied Medical Treatment!!
Jerome White-Bey is the founder and president of the Missouri Prisoner Labor Union, an organisation of Missouri prisoners and their outside supporters who are organizing around labor and other prison conditions.
Since the founding of the MPLU
has been subject to administrative harassment and retaliation.
was in the "hole" (administrative segregation) for two years following the formation of the MPLU
and has constantly been moved in and out of segregation since.
had been told over a 3-4 year period by doctors at three different prisons that he
had kidney problems which was a result of having diabetes.
This kidney infection had been left untreated for a long period of time and after letters of complaint and phone calls made to the prison from a previous letter appeal Jerome
was then sent for tests and told that it was not in fact his
kidneys that had been making him unwell but that he
has serious liver problems from having Hepatitis C, which he
was unaware he
had till that point.
was then told that he
needs a course of Interferon treatment that will last for 12 months and he'll have to be transferred to another prison to have the treatment.
Then, after further time and more letters of complaint, he
was told his
transfer to start the treatment had to be delayed because he
had a hypothyroid.
was given medication to take and told that this medication should bring his
thyroid to a normal state after two months.
Shortly after he
was moved to the segregation unit under an investigation but no-one has ever told him why.
Jerome feels that this was nothing more than retaliation against him for the previous letter appeals.
After many months passed and filing numerous complaints he
was eventually told that he
had been cleared of all the allegations made against him.
But all the time that he
was in the Segregation Unit his
health relating to his
thyroid condition, which should have been brought back to normal a long time ago now, and his
Hepatitis C has not been monitored at all.
He was not even seen by a doctor during this time.
now faces a new problem.
After being cleared of all the allegations against him he
should be released back into the general population but because his
custody level has just recently been dropped from a C-4 to a C-3 that means that he
can not be housed in that prison so he
will have to remain in segregation until he
is transferred, which could take a while.
All this time his
health is not being monitored and gives the prison administration more excuses for delays.
But the answer is simple!
A place in a C-3 level prison does not need to be found yet because he
should be transferred to start the Interferon treatment for his
Hepatitis C and the longer they take approving this the worse his
thanks everyone for the complaints that have been made previously to get him this far but asks that we write letters or call the prison again to get him transferred and started on the treatment he