Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Three Toilets for 150 Men at Putnamville Correctional Facility

It has come to my attention that the A-side bathrooms in 12N have been completely closed. Previously only the showers had been closed but now roughly 150 offenders have to share 3 toilets. Simple math allows us to see that if each offender averages 5 minutes of "pooh-time" a day, that leaves only 3 toilets for 12.5 hours of poohing; not to mention 3 urinals (1 that overflows) and 4 sinks ( 3 of which do not drain properly). I hope the toilet area will be opened immediately to rectify the pooh problem. I will be sending the information to so the public can be aware of the health and safety concerns. Thank you.

This is a letter I wrote after finding out Putnamville Correctional Facility closed one of two bathrooms (indefinitely) in the 12 North housing facility, leaving 150 men to use 3 toilets and urinals, 4 sinks, and 8 showers. The reason for the closure is the facility refurbishing the old bathroom yet the project has been going on for roughly 2 months now. One maintenance worker referred to it as a work in progress as they were "learning as they go." With no true plan or regular work schedule, Putnamville Correctional Facility eliminated half of the bathroom facilities for a unit. From what I am told it was originally built to house less than 100 men and is currently housing nearly 150 men. Rather than lowering the population of the unit prior to construction, the facility just decided to strip inmates of proper and safe bathroom facilities. Please note there are 24 more bathrooms to refurbish. This was an issue I felt should be addressed to the public. Please feel free to contact the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections, Bruce Lemmons with any comments or concerns. As always, thank you for your continued support and please check back for updates on this issue and others as well as my upcoming release on September 5 of this year.

1 comment:

  1. sounds like a bunch of "pooh" to me Danny Boy! Give em hell!

    John Lee