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Re: “Report focuses harsh light on Arkansas jail and prison conditions

I have lived in Arkansas my entire life. I have a brain tumor that sometimes causes psuedoseizures. This is not only medically documented, but I also wear a medical bracelet stating this and carry medication with me at all times for it. I have been incarcerated in Benton County a couple times for minor misdemeanor offenses. Every time I have been incarcerated in Benton Co. jail I have not only failed to receive proper medical care, but also witnessed it as well. Last time I was there I felt a seizure coming on. Not only had I provided my medication to the jail, I also informed the arresting officer of the condition as well. I also notified several of the jailers that I needed my medication ASAP and was going to have a seizure. The jail nurse was present and had my medication in hand when my seizure took place. The jailers are obviously not properly trained to handle basic emergency medical needs what so ever. My medication was denied and I was relocated while seizing to a isolation room and laid on the concrete floor on my back and left unattended for the duration of the seizure. This is in no way, shape, or form proper handling or procedure for medical treatment of a person experiencing a seizure. I could have cracked my head open, asphyxiated, or even died due to the neglect and lack of treatment I received. If the staff cannot properly handle even the most basic procedures to ensure proper medical care and safety of inmates then they should provide acceptable medical staff, but not even the jail nurse that was present handled the situation acceptably. I am not sure if it is due to lack of knowledge and training or if it just blatant neglect. Either way this experience is completely unjust and an obvious violation of the basic rights clearly posted in all jails. I am only sharing this experience in hopes that jailers be required not just offered proper medical training to ensure the proper safety of our citizens while incarcerated. This is a serious violation of civil rights that are supposed to be provided to all inmates. I attempted to research similar cases reported in our area and was unable to find actually statistics for this injustice. Almost every report I found only offered excuses for the resulting deaths due to improper medical treatment. Just as any doctor or regular citizen is held responsible for this neglect and processed accordingly to the law, so should our justice system.

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Posted by disenchant on 02/19/2017 at 1:48 AM


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