Letter Writing Action for James Washington
Written by Jake Rodgers and Hanna Lichtenstein
James Washington is an inmate currently incarcerated in Columbia Correctional Institution. Over the course of the past four years, James has filed dozens of complaints related to being given the wrong medication, being denied access to dental and other health related services, and denial of care related to hip treatment. James recently underwent a thirty day hunger strike in an effort to meet his demands for adequate care. (If you would like to learn more about his list of demands from the hunger strike please click here.)
Medical attention and preventative care within prisons is notoriously horrible. People that are incarcerated are more likely to have chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and HIV (source). Even though people are more likely to have health conditions, correctional health care is difficult to access and of very low quality (source). For every year that an individual is incarcerated, their life expectancy drops by two years. (source).
The Transformative Action Network and 100 Strong are looking to support and amplify James’ calls for better and more humane medical treatment for himself as well as other folks within Columbia Correctional. We are inviting you to join us on May 13th from 5:30 to 7 pm in a collective letter writing action to support James and work to end medical violence. 100 Strong will be providing a template and a space to develop a letter to send to individuals within this institution and to demand action.
You can sign up for the event here