A Diary Of Solitary

This is an excerpt from prisoner’s request for help that came to us (my husband and I) a couple of years ago. We managed to verify from outside sources and get corroboration from other inmates inside on all of the acts of abuse listed here. We worked through the chain of command to see this resolved but at the end we feel as though we accomplished very little to help the prisoners in this unit. Last I’d heard…the warden responsible for this control unit got a promotion…after the prison investigated itself and found no wrong-doing, that is.

I have changed everyone’s name in this account but events are true to the best of our knowledge. This is a firsthand account of what life can be like for the prisoners in solitary confinement units.

Welcome to life inside a segregation unit, AnyState, USA. 2009…

11/16/2008 Sgt Skull kicks Harry’s door shouting “Retard”. At 8:00 P.M. Harry’s mad (cell 106) swat team, pepper spray. Harry put on full strip cell. No clothes. NO blankets, mattress. Nothing. Note: It’s November. It’s cold.

11/20 Still Harry’s fully Naked w/out anything!

11/21 *

11/22 *

11/23 *

11/24 * Still naked…

11/25 Sgt. Bullhorn says as Infirmary comes with SWAT Team 2:00p.m. “Kill them with kindness.” The Sgt. and officer Bigbanks laugh as Harry stumbles out section door sobbing.

**Note: You have to realize these guys are mentally Ill and mentally like young kids mostly, Intellect- wise.

11/25/2008 “Spider” Cooper moved into (106) (He later successfully kills himself)

Cooper liked to sing us songs, pink Floyd and such.

12/01/2008 Officer Bigbanks refused to feed Arthur Lindy. Lindy mad. 7:00 a.m. SWAT team Lindy naked on strip cell. 106 Cooper cuts himself; full strip cell for him too. Sgt. Bullhorn blasts speaker loudly “Beep, Beep, Beep.” 1: and 3: and 5:30 for 15 min intervals also yelling over loudspeaker in section.

12/02/2008 5:00 p.m. Sgt Bullhorn again with the speaker. Lindy still on strip cell.

12/03/2008 Cooper and Lindy cold an strip cell crying, begging

12/04/2008 As Lindy tries to sleep on cement slab naked 3:00 to 4:00 a.m. Sgt Lund says” Asshole baby, etc.” Sleep deprivation. At 8: a.m. Officer Bitter makes fun of Lindy for crying and calls him a child molester.

12/05/2008 Cooper got his stuff back, Lindy doesn’t.

12/06/2008 A suicide in section five, again. No showers.

** Note: Mr. Cooper, Joe Galleo, Mark etc. all committed suicide after leaving section four. Every other week someone is found hanging and these pigs laugh. Sgt. Bullhorn says, “This scumbag did us a favor, we need the bed space”. Sgt. Skull says‟ “I don’t lose a second’s sleep over cutting down one of you pieces of shit.” On and on…

12/07/2008 Paul Hicks is a diabetic on psychotropic medication. Officer Bigbanks denies Hicks his diabetic box meal 4:30 p.m.

12/18/2008  7:00 a.m. Showers. Lindy is taken down while handcuffed behind his back and dog chain leashed by two guards. His face is bleeding, hand broke. As Lindy cries out Officer Bitter says, kneeing his neck, “child molester, you’re here for touching kids, punk. Does it hurt?” Laughter from Officers Bitter and Bologna. Sobs from Lindy.

12/19/2008 9:00 a.m. Officer Bitter makes fun of Lindy saying, “You cold, you pussy? Run in place, HA HA HA.” Lindy on strip cell. As Lindy sleeps they wake him up by kicking his door saying, “Are you awake, Quit being a retard.” Lindy mad.

12/20/2008 4:00 p.m. Officer Bitter says patronizingly to Lindy, “How’s it going Lindy, Heard you’re crying for your clothes, OOHH.” Lindy mad. SWAT team pepper spray.

12/21/2008 They stopped feeding Lindy at 7:30 breakfast. Then at 5:00p.m. Officer Bitter says to Lindy, “Are you hungry, OOHH.” 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Officer Pepperhead wakes Lindy every 15 minutes by kicking door.

12/22/2008 7:30 a.m. Breakfast. Still have not fed Lindy. At 4:30 p.m. Officer Bitter calls Lindy, “pussy.” Lindy mad. SWAT team. Pepper spray. I saw Bitter himself don SWAT team clothes and go in on Lindy. At 7:30 p.m. Officer Ferret tells Lindy, “Fuck off pussy, your face hurt?”

**Note: SWAT team consists of ten weightlifters with helmets, gas masks, knee elbow pads, chest plates, sticks, etc…They tazer or stun gun you and spray chemical agents all over your body then they let you suffer and burn.

12/23/2008 Lindy still on full strip cell. New guy Danny McLand (101 is being taunted sexually over cell speaker. Lindy too. I hear this being in (102) the middle of these cells.

**Note: Danny McLand is clubfooted with deformed hands from birth. Mentally and physically retarded. Literally.

12/24/2008 Lindy not fed or given 7:30 a.m. medication and McLand still being taunted over speaker, i.e., as he urinates the officers say “Why you jacking off, I can see?” Etc., “Quit playing with your ass, poop.” etc.

**Note: Cells (101) (102) (103) are camera cells. Cameras are in these cells.

12/25/2008 For Christmas Lindy got stuff back. Though 30- minutes later SWAT team; with pepper spray, beating and tazers, took it all back. Merry Christmas. 4:30 p.m. or thereabouts.

12/29/2008 McLand being taunted still in cell over speaker. Stuff like, “Are you playing with yourself, let me watch you jack off.” McLand mad. Swat Team. Pepper spray. McLand cries that it stings. It hurts. Officer Pepperhead opens the recreation door to freeze out McLand. McLand cries 5: p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

12/30/2008 Officer Pepperhead opens recreation door at 2:00 p.m. and its left open all day and night. Cold as hell even for me with mattress and blankets. McLand has not a mattress and is sleeping on concrete.

01/21/2009 Sgt Bullhorn harasses Hicks 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Unintelligible but Hicks mad pounding on sink, etc. At 12:00 p.m. Bullhorn kick Hicks’ door saying, “Why’d you jump, was you sleeping, HA HA.”

01/21/2009 At 4:30 Dinner Officer Bigbanks eats a bite out of Hicks’ Diabetic sandwich and opens Hicks’ milk before feeding him. Milk all over Hick’s cell. At 5:00 p.m. Officer Nesbit calls Hicks’, “Child molester, Homo,” and kicks his door.

01/27/2009 At 6:30 Shower Bigbanks takes Hicks’ legal work and pictures, also his food. Officer Bigbanks. At 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sgt. Bullhorn and officer Bigbanks eat Hicks’ diabetic box in front of his door saying, “Do the world a favor, hang yourself, ummm, cool ranch chips, yummy.” Hicks upset.

01/30/2009 Sgt. Bullhorn has Hicks kneel down to receive food 11:30 a.m. saying, “Bow down to the one you serve, you’re going to get what you deserve.” Laughter. At 2: to 4:00 p.m. Officer Nesbit then at 4:00to 6:00 p.m. Officer Bigbanks kick Hicks’ door and verbally abuse him

**Note: It is harassment to have a convict kneel when he isn’t on strip cell. I’ve never seen this before or since.

01/31/2009 At 11:30 a.m. Sgt Bullhorn has Hicks kneel down again and throws Hicks’ juice at his back saying, “Bow down to the one you serve…” Laughter. Hicks upset. At 6:30 p.m. Officer Pepperhead makes fun of Hicks’ virginity saying, “You’ve never been laid, Why don’t you kill yourself.” etc.

**Note; Again Paul Hicks is 19 yrs. old. A confused mentally ill kid in prison for robbery. He was homeless and hungry…. 110 lb… Kid.

02/01/2009 At 11:00 to 12:30 a.m. Sgt. Scott and Officers Pepperhead, Wilco and Robberson had a barbecue. The smoke and food smells of which inundated our cells. They laughed and Officer Robberson comes in front of my door saying, “All you’ll get is the smell of my fart, polish sausage fart.”

02/02/2009 Sgt. Bullhorn, Officers Nesbit and Bologna remove Hicks from his cell saying, “Why you talking about killing yourself?” even though he was not. I was talking to Hicks the whole time. Hicks cries out in pain as they bend his arms. Hicks placed on strip cell and Sgt Bullhorn goes to outside window of Hicks’ cell smoking, laughing and pointing at Hicks freezing naked.

02/25/2009 Vickers (106) attempts to hang himself

03/01/2009 Hicks is refused his diabetic box 4:30 dinner

03/02/2009 Officers Pepperhead, Nesbit, Rotter shut off Hicks’ water and laugh at his pleas for water 4:30 p.m.

03/03/2009 Hicks is still begging for a drink of water. Same cops…

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6 Responses to A Diary Of Solitary

  1. moorbey says:

    Should get a writing campaign going to make others aware.

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  3. I have these writings as well. B. is using them in pending litigation. Incidents of these sorts have been routinely reported to me for over a year. U1 seems like it can be a particularly terrible place, and I say this having had correspondence with prisoners across the country.

    • MisBehaved Woman says:

      I can check my files, but I think we started trying to help Brandon back in 2009. I cannot believe that with all of the exposure, NOTHING seems to have changed. I got seriously overwhelmed and burnt out and so I withdrew from everything and everyone but now I feel guilt you would not believe. We’ll start trying to help again even though it seems as if short of a team of bulldozers, there isn’t much hope of getting anything done. And I agree…of all the prisoners we worked with, the stories from Uinta are the worst of the worst we heard.

  4. MisBehaved Woman says:

    moorbey – So sorry I missed your comment until today. We compiled pages and pages or time/dated lists of abuses and sent them out to literally hundreds of media outlets, ACLU and of course, UT and Federal officials. Nobody fucking cares! I spoke with UT’s ACLU director several times and for awhile we thought they were going to help but meh, guess they decided not to.

    Once I got slapped on the knuckles for working too closely with skinheads, I figured any continued involvement on my part would hurt more than help so I pulled everything I’d posted about the case. At this point though and seeing that things still have not changed, I really don’t think my ‘reputation’ is going to matter at all…I just gotta get back to shouting from the rooftops until something gives or the information gets to the right outlet.

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