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Old 06-03-2009, 02:37 PM
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Default HELP! senior father has to serve 2 months at hartford..

I dont even know where to begin... I'm 21 and my father's 60 and has to serve 2 months at Hartford for a DUI. I'm petrified. From what I gathered Hartford is a level 4 with a level 5 med ward. He has emphysema, bronchial bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, a recurring case of shingles.. and thats just off the top of my head. He has an inhaler in his mouth every 20 minutes and he's been drinking for years. From what the lawyer told us Hartford would be a cake walk and he would be in a med ward (god i hope so, though i dont believe it).. but a level 4 for a non voilent crime?!!? This lawyer had his own agenda from the beginning so I'm not suprised, just devasted. I cried when I found that out.. 2 months in a max security for a dui. Do they take care of the guys up there? Is it voilent? He's a scholar and LOVES to read.. do they have books? To be honest not much of that matters because I'm afraid he's not going to get the constant medical attention he requires.. and if he doesn't.. god i dont even want to think about it. He's scheduled to go in 3 weeks so ANY advice, tips, HELP anyone can give me would be so appreciated. We're all in shell shock and need the guidence of someone who's been through a similar situation, seeing as though we don't even KNOW anyone who's been in jail. Thank you ALL for even reading this and best of luck to you and your loved ones!
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:16 PM
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Hi Scared,

I'm sorry that your Dad is going through this. As far as the sentence - 2 months is very short, although I know right now it doesn't feel like it. When he is in the State of CT's custody, they must provide him with a basic level of medical care, if he is indeed on a medical ward then he will get more attention than the average inmate. Level 4 is a higher security level but they don't have medical units at very prison so perhaps that is the reason for the classification. Once he is processed and begins to serve his time he will be assigned a counsellor and most of them in CT are decent (or so has been my limited experience) so I would suggest that after he is settled in to call his counsellor and introduce yourself and relay your concerns (but be extra nice )
I don't know much about Hartford CC but when I tak to my man tonight I'll ask him for the low-down. I'll post more when I know more.

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Alright, update.

My man says that Hartford, like most county facilities is a little run down and a bit dirty (high turnover I guess). He said it's not all that bad though and that from what he remembers the medical unit is separate from the rest of the blocks. He also seemed to remember it having a library. His memory of it was a little fuzzy, it's been 5 years and 3 prisons since his stay there, I imagine after a while they all start to blend together. I know that it's hard to believe right now but 2 months will come and go quickly. As long as your Dad gets the medical attention he needs, he will be fine.
I wish the best for him, if you ever have questions, feel free to PM (private message) me.
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Thank you soo much for such a quick reply. Even your first response has given me so much more information than I had, it's so appreciated!! God knows the sentence could have been a lot worse, we're actually thankful he got what he got (considering!!). 2 months is NOTHING compared to what other families face and it's not the time we're worried about, just the possibility that his medical needs might "fall between the cracks" in an overcrowded prison system. It's just fear of the unknown at this point ya know? Thank you SO much for the support though, as unfortunate as it is, atleast it's comforting to know that people in similar situations are willing to share their experiences to help others
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