of the Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners states that:
Prisoners shall have access to the health services available in the
country without discrimination on the grounds of their legal situation.


From:Larry Carter #1010000
Wynne C4-132 3
Huntsville, Texas 77349

Linda Hull,
My name is Larry Carter and I am medically disabled due to pulmonary disease and back injury. I am incarcerated on the Wynne unit in Huntsville Texas. I am being denied a warm environment needed to breath in. One of my restrictions is no extreme temperatures, but the staff here say they don't have room for me in medical dorm. t times I have called out for help from my cell at night and no security guard came. I have filed a grievance but it has not been answered for 2 weeks. I am suffering every night and the temperatures in the area I am assigned to are getting even colder. The windows have been covered with thin plastic trash bags but the plastic will not stay in place and the windows are broke and do not close enough to seal up the wind. I am desperate for help and need your assistance before I am so ill I die.
Thank you,
Larry Carter

..................................... 

 


This offender died 11/20/2006

Re:Larry Carter #1010000
Beto 1 Tennessee Colony

Mr. Adams,
As you know Larry was shipped to Beto Unit 1/29/03.

Larry states that once again they put him directly in front of a window that has cold air coming in around it and he only has 1 blanket..He feels this is being done to punish him for complaining.

He says that there is a 5 foot long, foot high, pile of trash on the floor across from his cell and that the cell is filthy and the trash blows in under the bars and he can't even get cleaning materials from the staff to disinfect it..and that his affects not only him but all the inmates and states the other cells are even worse. This is a health hazard.

They told him he was shipped for respiratory therapy. They have these same facilities on Wynne Unit.. reason he was sent to Wynne Unit to begin with.
He does state he feels the medical Dept Beto is more inclined to help him than the staff on Wynne unit..but when asked  the RN in the infirmary if they got his discharge orders from John Sealy Hospital she looked and said no.

Although the effort is appreciated It would appear the trip from Wynne to Galveston was for nothing.

You state in your letter (see attached) that the Wynne Unit Physician had advised offender Carter's respiratory problems would exist in any housing area and there is no indication his condition would improve if moved to a different housing location.

Yes his respiratory problems would still exist no matter what, but would most likely would improve if his doctor orders and restrictions from John Sealy were followed.

The doctor at the hospital Galveston said he would document several needs, but they have yet to be initiated. These included; A clean warm environment and nebulizer treatments and lifting restrictions and no stairs...he says so far none have been given to him.

When he got to Beto unit he had to carry all his property...he was denied a cart and this put him so out of breath that he almost passed out and fell down the stairs while trying to get to the holding cell.

TDCJ administration say his restrictions only apply to work? This makes no sense. The guy is simply requesting a clean warm environment and medical orders / restrictions be followed.

You know Mr. Adams a lot of the problem I am seeing with medical is simply because many working within the system do not have any regard for these people due to the fact they are inmates and view then as sub-human beings and therefore feel they are not deserving of the same medical treatment afforded anyone on the outside. The main purpose of prison is to execute the sentence of the court, i.e. to deprive prisoners of their liberty. However, it cannot, and must not, be the function of the prison to impose any additional punishment through poor conditions or arbitrary and ill treatment.

Sincerely,
Linda Hull
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I am concerned about this inmate ..he is not receiving proper medical care. He states P.A. Buchanan has cut his medication in half and he has been denied access to imfirmary several times by a LT. Clark. States he is having abdominal pain and difficulity breathing. His last visit to infirmary the nurse did nothing for him but give him a glass of water.. They still have not done the testing that Dr. Love ordered back in February. Why?

Also many complaints on this unit regarding handicap showers ..no soap, towels or hot water and filthy living conditions.


3-8-04 . My sister and her husband came to visit me Saturday here in the infirmary on Beto. She got upset and cried because I look like a concentration camp victim. The P.A. Buchanan put me back on a regular diet. I had asked for a hyper Caloric with a snack. I get the snack, but it is pathetic..2 slices of bread and a wad of peanut butter(which I can't stand) the size of a quarter in the center. I have been giving it to 2 old men in wheelchairs, who look like skeletons and are so weak they can't even stand. They need it worse than I do. They are so stingy with the food here that people are under nourished. Once you get this far down in your health it is hard to recover.

The infection seems to have ran its course, but I am oxygen dependant still. The biggest problem I have right now is an old order from November for my nebulizer treatments. Dr. Love renewed it for 6 months for 1 time a day, but I have needed it 2-3 times a day and they refuse it. I suffer when I can't breath and the nebulizer is the only thing that provides limited relief. PA Buchanan blatantly refuses to even give me the medication that Dr. Love has ordered, knowing it causes me to suffer. It is no wonder they have COPD patients die on this unit.

I can't believe the money being wasted on sick, chronically ill inmates by Parole Board giving set-offs. For example: An old man here just got a set-off. He was in a program of some kind and he had an f-I-18 (going home on completion of this program). He was too ill to stay in the program and the doctor put him in the hospital, so parole revoked the F-I-18 and gave him a serve-all. This old guy is using a 4 point walker and can barely stand up.

My joy ride to Esthelle Unit by ambulance was a waste of time. Esthelle refused to even see me.

3-9-04.. I am suffering because Dr. Love has refused to see me and has allowed PA Buchanan to continue refusing to provide the nebulizer treatments with Albuterol and Atrovent that I need to breath.

The nurse just told me that the once a day order has expired. They have put me in this infirmary to kill me.

Buchanan by refusing me the medication with the nebulizer treatment will kill me and Dr. Love apparently has decided to let her. I have begged and pleaded for 2 weeks to see a doctor by 1-60's and grievance.

The nurse took the nebulizer machine out of my room and said you can use oxygen to nebulize with. I explained that I do not have the medication and would need a 02 port to connect to the oxygen outlet. Then she said the order had expired. I told her I need to see a doctor and get an order I am suffering. She said maybe tomorrow. The nurse said that Dr. Love had answered my grievance and no order had been written. He knows I am suffering and a simple nebulizer therapy would provide relief.

I am debilitated and getting weaker. I am oxygen dependant and without it I get dizzy if I try to do anything physical, even going to puts me out of breath. When I can't breath at night the nurses refuse to call the doctor on call.

What do I do Linda, they have apparently marked me for death. Please get me some help. Let Dr. Owen Murray know. He can stop this abuse. This is my last stamp for the next week until I get to commissary. They denied commissary to me last week.


Letter postmarked Dec 12, 2002
From:Larry Carter #1010000
Wynne C4-132 3
Huntsville, Texas 77349

Linda Hull,
My name is Larry Carter and I am medically disabled due to pulmonary disease and back injury.
I am incarcerated on the Wynne unit in Huntsville Texas. I am being denied a warm environment needed to breath in.
One of my restrictions is no extreme temperatures, but the staff here say they don't have room for me in medical dorm.
At times I have called out for help from my cell at night and no security guard came. I have filed a grievance but it has not been answered for 2 weeks.

I am suffering every night and the temperatures in the area I am assigned to are getting even colder. The windows have been covered with thin plastic trash bags but the plastic will not stay in place and the windows are broke and do not close enough to seal up the wind.

I am desperate for help and need your assistance before I am so ill I die.
Thank you,
Larry Carter


Letter postmarked Jan 8-03

Ms Linda Hull,
I was sent to John Sealy, but I have not improved since I returned to the Wynne unit. When I got to the clinic here the nurse could not find my discharge orders from the hospital, so nothing has been done.

I have been moved from the cell block that had plastic trash liners covering 1/2 of the windows,but now on c1-128b it is worse. They don't even have the trash liners and it is even colder.

I am not geting my medical needs met. I have written 1-60's to Warden Chance and when my sister called, he told her I hadn't made a request. I have filed grievances over a month ago that have not been answered. I don't know what to do. I suffer every night trying to breath, coughing and wheezing, keeping my cellmate awake, causing him to get angry. Please help me.

They recently put in fans in the medical shower..that would be great in the summer, but they turn them on to torture us, making it even colder than it already is with no heaters.
Larry


E-mail message
From:inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us (InstDiv Ombudsman)
Date: Tue, Jan 28, 2003, 3:48pm
To: Lindahull-tx@webtv.net
Subject: Larry Carter #1010000 TDCJ-ID Wynne Unit
3-2864-04
January 28, 2003
Ms. Linda Hull
Lindahull-tx@webtv.net
RE:Larry Carter, TDCJ #1010000: TDCJ Wynne Unit
Dear Ms. Hull:
This is in response to your recent e-mails sent to Executive Director Gary Johnson regarding offender Carter's living conditions. Your request has been investigated and it has been confirmed, although there is a problem with a window closing mechanism in the area where offender Carter was housed, all window panes in this area were intact as of December 23, 2002. The window mechanism is pending repair at this time and temporary remedies are in place. As you know, he was moved to another area and did not feel this resolved his problem. The Unit Physician has advised offender Carter's respiratory problems would exist in any housing area and there is no indication his condition would improve if moved to a different housing location. However, offender Carter will be transferred to another facility soon and I trust this will resolve his issues.
Your concern for offenders in TDCJ is appreciated. Sincerely,
Arthur Adams, Administrator
TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman
ARA
Copy:   File
TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman · P.O. Box 99 · Huntsville, TX 77342 · (936) 437-6791 · Fax (936) 437-6668 ·inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us


Larry Carter
Beto 1
P.O. Box 128
Tennessee Colony Texas 75880

letter Feb 6-03

Dear Ms Hull,
I was shipped to Beto Unit 1/29/03. They told me I was shipped for respiratory therapy. They have these same facilities on Wynne Unit..the reason I was sent to Wynne Unit to begin with. They again put me directly in front of a window that has cold air coming in around it. I only have 1 blanket and the filth, dust and dirt is worse. They obviously sent me here to get rid of me and punish me for complaining. The Beto Unit is a serious health hazard There is a 5 foot long foot high pile of trash on the floor across from my cell. The cell is filthy and I can't get cleaning materials from the staff to disinfect it. Dust and lint balls roll in under the bars as well as other bits of trash. I don't want to be moved to another cell as most others are worse. We should have access to disinfectant provided by the state, but it is not being provided. I am sending a letter to the Texas Dept of Health. On this unit the authorities are providing clean clothing (shirt and pants) On Monday Wednesday and Friday, not every day as other units. They do allow a shower and clean boxes of socks. We have to wear degrading clothing. We wear rags that are marked on by the guards across our chest, showing we have passed through the meal line. The marks accumulate, by the time we get clean clothing. Sometimes the picket guards will not open the doors and allow the inmates out for medical shower. . I can see that the medical Dept here is more inclined to help me than the staff on Wynne unit. I asked  the RN in the infirmary this morning if they got my discharge orders from John Sealy Hosp. She looked and said no. It would appear the trip by ambulance from Wynne to Galveston was for nothing. The doctor at the hospital said he would document several needs , but they have yet to be initiated. A clean warm environment and nebulizer treatments and lifting restrictions and no stairs. These have not been given to me. When I got here I had to carry all my property. It put me so out of breath I almost passed out and fell down the stairs while trying to get to the holding cell. The letter from TDCJ administration said restrictions only apply to work.


E-mail message
From: lindahull-tx@webtv.net (linda)
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2003, 11:47am
To:health.services@tdcj.state.tx.us
CC:ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us,
gary.johnson@tdcj.state.tx.us,
inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us (Authur Adams),
fred.hill@house.state.tx.us
Subject: Re: Larry Carter #1010000 TDCJ-ID Wynne Unit
Why was he suddenly put to work from being medically unassigned?

JOB CHANGE

NAME; CARTER, LARRY E   NO;0101000
DATE; 02/11/2003 15;06;45   RACE;W
THE ABOVE NAMED AND NUMBERED INMATE IS TO BE ASSIGNED AS FOLLOWS;
HOUSE I-1-07
OLD JOB;UNASGN MEDICAL
NEW JOB; ULITILITY SQD (MED) 03
COMPLETED BY;____________
APPROVED BY;_____________
neither have any signature.


e-mail message
Sender: Pat.Harrison@tdcj.state.tx.us
From: Health.Services@tdcj.state.tx.us
Date: Wed, Feb 19, 2003, 4:19pm
To:lindahull-tx@webtv.net (linda)
Subject: Re: Larry Carter #1010000
The Office of Professional Standards is in receipt of your correspondence from 2/19. Offender Carter is currently at the Beto unit. His medical restrictions were changed on 2/11 as you stated. The decision to change medical restrictions is up to the unit provider. I suggest you address this issue with either the Practice Manager at Beto, who is Steve Hurt, mailing address PO Box 128 Tennessee Colony, TX 75880 or with Judy Norris, at UTMB QS/RM. Pat Harrison, RN, MBA
Interim Chief of Professional Standards Health Services Division


E-mail Message
From:lindahull-tx@webtv.net (linda)
Date:Mon, Feb 10, 2003, 6:01am
To:    inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us(Authur Adams)
Cc:    ombudsman@tdcj.state.tx.us,
gary.johnson@tdcj.state.tx.us,
health.services@tdcj.state.tx.us,
fred.hill@house.state.tx.us
Subject:Re: Larry Carter #1010000 TDCJ-ID Wynne Unit
Re:Larry Carter #1010000
Beto 1 Tennessee Colony
Mr. Adams,
As you know Larry was shipped to Beto Unit 1/29/03. Larry states that once again they put him directly in front of a window that has cold air coming in around it and he only has 1 blanket..He feels this is being done to punish him for complaining. He says that there is a 5 foot long, foot high, pile of trash on the floor across from his cell and that the cell is filthy and the trash blows in under the bars and he can't even get cleaning materials from the staff to disinfect it..and that his affects not only him but all the inmates and states the other cells are even worse. This is a health hazard. They told him he was shipped for respiratory therapy. They have these same facilities on Wynne Unit.. reason he was sent to Wynne Unit to begin with. He does state he feels the medical Dept Beto is more inclined to help him than the staff on Wynne unit..but when asked  the RN in the infirmary if they got his discharge orders from John Sealy Hospital she looked and said no. Although the effort is appreciated It would appear the trip from Wynne to Galveston was for nothing. You state in your letter (see attached) that the Wynne Unit Physician had advised offender Carter's respiratory problems would exist in any housing area and there is no indication his condition would improve if moved to a different housing location. Yes his respiratory problems would still exist no matter what, but would most likely improve if his doctor orders and restrictions from John Sealy were followed. The doctor at the hospital Galveston said he would document several needs, but they have yet to be initiated. These included; A clean warm environment and nebulizer treatments and lifting restrictions and no stairs...he says so far none have been given to him. When he got to Beto unit he had to carry all his property...he was denied a cart and this put him so out of breath that he almost passed out and fell down the stairs while trying to get to the holding cell. TDCJ administration say his restrictions only apply to work? This makes no sense. The guy is simply requesting a clean warm environment and medical orders / restrictions be followed. You know Mr. Adams a lot of the problem I am seeing with medical is simply because many working within the system do not have any regard for these people due to the fact they are inmates and view then as sub-human beings and therefore feel they are not deserving of the same medical treatment afforded anyone on the outside. The main purpose of prison is to execute the sentence of the court, i.e. to deprive prisoners of their liberty. However, it cannot, and must not, be the function of the prison to impose any additional punishment through poor conditions or arbitrary and ill treatment.
Sincerely,
Linda Hull


E-mail message
From: inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us (InstDiv Ombudsman)
Date: Mon, Feb 10, 2003, 11:22am
To:lindahull-tx@webtv.net
Subject: Larry E. Carter #1010000 TDCJ-ID Boyd Unit
This initial response is to acknowledge that the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ-ID) has received your recent e-mail message dated February 10, 2003. Information is being gathered and a full response to your message will be sent as soon as possible.
TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman (P.O. Box 99 ( Huntsville, TX 77342 ( (936) 437-6791 (Fax (936) 437-6668 ( inst.div@tdcj.state.tx.us This information is provided to you in accordance with Section 493.016 Texas Government Code, and Agency policy. An initial response will be provided within ten days, with a final response usually within thirty days. Concerns reported as "life threatening" are addressed on a priority basis. Confidentiality requirements can restrict some information from being released.