East Mississippi Correctional Facility is a cesspool. Prisoners are underfed and routinely held in cells that are infested with rats and have no working toilets or lights. Although designated as a facility to care for prisoners with special needs and serious psychiatric disabilities, ECMF denies prisoners even the most rudimentary mental health care services. Many prisoners have attempted to commit suicide; some have succeeded. One prisoner is now legally blind after EMCF failed to provide his glaucoma medications and take him to a specialist, and another had part of his finger amputated after he was stabbed and developed gangrene.
This video is the story of two people forever damaged by their time at East Mississippi Correctional Facility. Prison sentences mean time behind bars, not abuse. The Mississippi Department of Corrections bears ultimate responsibility for these atrocities happening on their watch. Share this video to help us end the abuse.
Music by Keith Kenniff
Hell without fire
♫ Solemn Music ♫
Woman Speaker: You would agree, would you that the Mississippi Department of Corrections
has an obligation to to treat its prisoners
humanely and to provide them with a safe environment.
Matthew Naidow (Captain at EMCF): Yes. That’s what we’re supposed to do.
Slide says: HELL WITHOUT FIRE Two Prisoners Forever Damaged by Time at Easy Mississippi Correctional Facility
Cynthia: A couple of times I went, maybe three times. I would go in and you through your
thing and you sit there and you wait in your loved one to come out. Kenji walks out.
He’s a zombie. He’s a zombie. He’s in slow motion. He’s just a zombie. I’m trying to talk to
him and his eyes is talking to me. I mean his eyes is “Mom, I love you” and whatever
else he was saying. It was like nothing would come out. So, I got up because I had … You’re
supposed to sit across from them, but I had to touch him. The guards, “You can’t be touching
him.” I told them “Oh, yes I can. Y’all do that you got to do to me, but I’m going to
touch him because something is not right.” I rubbed on him and went back and sit across
the table. I try and talk and I’m talking to him. What’s going on at home and stuff.
He say “Love you.” That’s all he could say. That was all he could say. I was so angry. So angry.
Slide says: Kenji served one year at EMCF for marijuana possession.
Cynthia doesn’t know exactly what happened to her son while in the prison’s care.
Kenji was too scared to be filmed or pictured in this video.
Christopher: I know I made a mistake and I know I had to do the time for it. I didn’t
know I had to lose my eyesight in the process.
Slide says: Christopher Lindsey a former EMCF prisoner who lost his sight because of the prison’s medical neglect.
They know you got Glaucoma and your pressure is running in the 30s and they just walk on
pass you and just keeping living their day and don’t even care. At that they didn’t
have have no eye equipment or nothing. He was using a flashlight and shining it in my
eyes. I know people dying in there, getting killed in there. I wouldn’t even send my dog
there to that place. It was hell but it just with no fire.
Cynthia: I want him to be a productive young man, have a wife and bring some grandbabies.
That’s what I want, but instead I’m fighting for his life, for his sanity.
Christopher: Prison took the main thing I wanted, to see my kids grow up. Now I can’t
see them do the things that I wanted to do with them. I can’t go pick them up or let’s
go on a road trip. Can’t see them walking down the aisle. Sometimes I didn’t want to
be on this Earth because I couldn’t see no more. I felt like I was worthless.
Matthew: Like you compared the civil servant versus private company. They might have the
same goal to run a prison but they have different agendas.
Slide says: Mississippi’s Department of Corrections employs a for-profit company to run EMCF.
Prisoners report grave, even fatal, injuries because of the neglect, violence, and staff corruption at the prison
Their sentences were for behind bars, not abuse.
Help us fight back.