Q: Good morning. I am looking for some answers for my trans child M-F currently in the Florida Prison System.
Medical needs are not being met. A recent diverticulitis flare up went untreated for approx 6 weeks causing extreme pain and a 40+ lbs weight loss. I filed complaints with PREA, Inspector Generals office, the prison directly and got no results. My child has now been transferred to the 3rd prison this week. I believe this is due to my calling and filing complaints so she is not in the same place too long in order to not have enough documentation to file again. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. I am a nurse and had to report nurses and a doctor already. Where should I go from here? Mail is being tampered with, basic rights are being violated, HIPPA included. I have lots of documentation from the prison and emails to back it all up.
A: You need to retain a lawyer to review the file and then meet with them…Some lawyers may offer a free consult (be mindful of the adage that says “advice you receive for free is worth what you paid for it…nothing.”
A: Non-profit entities handling these types of issues include the Human Rights Defense Center in Lake Worth - https://www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org - and the Florida Justice Institute in Miami - https://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org
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