I went and visited my hubby tonight at Valley St. and I could not believe it when he told me that the toilets there are not working. That is the most insane thing. They had been broken pretty much all day. That place is awful. It takes over a month to see a dentist, over a month to see a counselor. What the heck. That place is awful. Where my hubby is, out of the 4 phones in his unit, only one works...the visiting room isn't any better. Thanks for letting me vent for a few.
Funny how "everyone" thinks that jails are well built, well maintained, well run places where the prisoners are treated respectfully, they get a well balanced and tasty diet, plenty of time for sleep and exercise, free medical care,etc. Sorry you are finding out about this stuff. Texas is just as bad, if not worse (I've had lot's of people tell me that the TX system is worse than most of the country)
Yeah my BF is in Valley st too. Cell 2D. He has been in the hole a few times and beaten by the guards and inmates. He is planning on suing everyone there for how he has been treated. He is awaiting trial in November.
Valley Street is probably the worst jail in NH with the worst reputation too. There have been a number of lawsuits againt Hillsborough County for the conditions and treatments at Valley Street but I haven't followed them.
My hubby has been there since April, hopefully he will be transferred to the prison in September. Who would I write to in regards to this. I do not want to make things difficult for him there.
It is difficult to know who to write to in these instances. Before I wrote to anyone I would ask your husband if he is okay with you doing that given that if there is retaliation he would be on the receiving end. My husband encourages me to get involved. He doesn't care what happens to him as long as justice prevails. Most are not quite as fearless as he is.
If your husband gives you the okay, I would suggest going through the chain of command by writing to the Warden and copying the following: Governor Lynch, your State Representative and Senator, the NH Attorney General's office, and your Congressmen. The Department of Justice also has a Special Litigation Department that deals with issues specifically relating to issues surrounding safety in prisons and jails.
Click on O'Mara's name under "Message from the Superintendent" This will generate an email you can send to him. But I must warn you, this prison is a much better than the old Valley street they had before. Another thing, the only ones directly responsible for cleaning are the inmates themselves. Because the jail is for sentences less than a year, "short-timers" come and go, leaving the cleaning jobs vacant a lot. Nothing wrong with an inmate asking to help clean.
I didn't read anything about cleaning here......the issue was the toilets did NOT work. That to me goes beyond cleaning.
And being a place for being known for beatings by the guards and inmates.......that should put out a red flag to most anybody. How come some can be run with some semblance of order and respect for others and their belongings and then others that are run like this? Who is responsible for the jails. The towns in which they are situated, the counties, the state???
Do the newspapers even pick up on this stuff going on? Or don't they care. There are families I bet who buy there newspapers who have loved ones going through these systems and they DO care.
I love this site..But people take all their complaint's here and this is a really good one!!!...write your Congressman, Senator's and Governor.
Nothing will get fixed here , but you must take a stand and write your Govt.
You can't Change what you won't acknowledge!!!
Poor planning and irresponsibility on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part!
Most people are pretty appalled by the conditions in the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections. It's dirty... real fucking dirty actually. Mersa, Scabies, and hepatitis among other potentially deadly diseases float around on the units (especially in the showers .
Some would say the main reason that the jail is so unpleasant is because, contrary to popular belief, it is a privately run, for-profit facility. Profit is the most important thing at Valley Street. Hence, costs are cut in the areas of food, health and mental care, rehabilitation programs, and so on.
As well, things move quite slowly at Valley Street, simply because they have no real motivation to make them move faster. Appealing to the humanity of employees of this place is futile, as they are not actually human beings. They might have been at one point in their aimless, purposeless lives, but they sure as shit aren't anymore.
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HCDOC47345, I'm not sure where you got your information from but Hillsborough County House of Corrections a/k/a Valley Street Jail is NOT a privately owned facility. There are no privately owned and operated prisons or jails in NH
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