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Sheri

United States

#1 May 7, 2009
I am due to self surrender soon. I am scared to death and have no idea what to expect. Im far away from my family. the reason im supposed to be there is for my breast cancer meds. I really am freaking out. any one with any info will be so much appreciated.
Yesenia

Dallas, TX

#3 Jul 16, 2009
im not sure if your already there but i served a 4yr sentence there and let me tell you its not that bad!!! the hardest is being away from your family but just stick to yourself and you will be fine
aracely

Lincolnshire, IL

#4 Sep 9, 2009
Hi Yesenia!!!
ENRIQUETA JIMENEZ Q

Brownsville, TX

#5 Nov 2, 2009
hay RUKAZ JUST SAYING HI I WAS IN CARSWELL FEDERAL PRISON I JUST gOT OUT IN JUNE FROM THE HALF WAY OK BUT I THINK IM GOING BACK CUZ I DON FEEL LIKE GOING TO PROBATION AND I JUST DID ALMOST 6 YAERS SO DONT WORRY IS NOT BAD JUST WACH UR BACK OK
ENRIQUETA JIMENEZ Q

Brownsville, TX

#6 Nov 2, 2009
wats up is me Q
RENEE LEWIS

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Nov 18, 2009
I WAS AT FMC CARSWELL AND WAS RELEASED IN OCT. 09 AND I BELIEVE THEY HAVE RULES OF THEIR OWN ,, THE STAFF TREAT YOU VERY DISRESPECTFUL AND WE ARE ALL PEOPLE. YES WE MADE A MISTAKE AND WE ARE PAYING FOR IT BUT WE ARE STILL PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. I HAVE A DISABILITY AND THEY TREAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES VERY DIFFERENT AND THE MEDICAL CARE IS TERRIBLE ! I WATCHED MANY PEOPLE DIE DUE TO THEIR NEGLIGENCE. MANY OF THE STAFF DO NOT DO THEIR JOBS SUCH AS GETTING PAPERWORK THROUGH SO YOU CAN BE RELEASED IN A TIMELY MANNER. PROGRAMS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN FOR YOU TO BETTER YOURSELF AND HELP CHANGE OUR LIVES. TO MANTY AT CARSWELL THEY FEEL THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN A LIFE SENTENCE DUE TO THE UNSAFE AND TERRIBLE MEDICAL ATTENTION THEY GIVE. IT IS A VERY POOR EXCUSE OF A MEDICAL CENTER. STAY ON TOP OF YOUR HEALTH AND PUT PAPER ON THEM IF THEY DONT DO THEIR PART !!!!!
Nicole

AOL

#8 Apr 15, 2010
I was just released from Carswell on 3/19/10. I was there due to a high risk pregnancy. I was originally placed at Lexington Camp, but developed preeclampsia (high blood pressure) and was flown on a medical plane to Carswell. I did not see a doctor for 2 weeks after I arrived and seen her then only because I went to sick call. I was put on blood pressure medication and was to be monitored 2x a day to check my blood pressure. I was put on the med/surg floor (4th) which has the nurses station where nurses are present 24/7. I was given the hardest time trying to get the nurses to stop working a crossword or sitting around chatting about personal things when I needed my blood pressure checked. I was told I was inconviencing them. By the grace of God, I was able to get through my pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl on 3/2. At the outside hospital (JPS), I received excellent treament. I was released back to Carswell on 3/13 and was processed back in to serve my remaining 2 1/2 weeks. Upon arrival, I was "stripped out" and was told to squat and cough.(routine procedure after being off prison grounds) The problem with this was that I had 6 stitches from an episiotomy and physically could not squat to the floor. Who would be able to conceal anything in a region where you just pushed out an 8lb baby and had been sewn up from a surgical procedure? Yet it was insisted that I do so. Finally, the officer let me get dressed and took me upstairs to the med/surg floor. I arrived from the hospital with pain meds, but waited for 11.5 hours before any was given to me. I was told the In House Physician had to clear my meds before they could be given. Unfortuneatly, I came back on a day that not one of the nurses who treated you like a human being was there. I feel very sorry for the ladies at Carswell. Some of them who have a simple short sentence for non-violent crimes have actually received a death sentence because without a miracle from above, they will never get out alive from the treatment received there.
Andrea

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Apr 16, 2010
Nicole wrote:
I was just released from Carswell on 3/19/10. I was there due to a high risk pregnancy. I was originally placed at Lexington Camp, but developed preeclampsia (high blood pressure) and was flown on a medical plane to Carswell. I did not see a doctor for 2 weeks after I arrived and seen her then only because I went to sick call. I was put on blood pressure medication and was to be monitored 2x a day to check my blood pressure. I was put on the med/surg floor (4th) which has the nurses station where nurses are present 24/7. I was given the hardest time trying to get the nurses to stop working a crossword or sitting around chatting about personal things when I needed my blood pressure checked. I was told I was inconviencing them. By the grace of God, I was able to get through my pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby girl on 3/2. At the outside hospital (JPS), I received excellent treament. I was released back to Carswell on 3/13 and was processed back in to serve my remaining 2 1/2 weeks. Upon arrival, I was "stripped out" and was told to squat and cough.(routine procedure after being off prison grounds) The problem with this was that I had 6 stitches from an episiotomy and physically could not squat to the floor. Who would be able to conceal anything in a region where you just pushed out an 8lb baby and had been sewn up from a surgical procedure? Yet it was insisted that I do so. Finally, the officer let me get dressed and took me upstairs to the med/surg floor. I arrived from the hospital with pain meds, but waited for 11.5 hours before any was given to me. I was told the In House Physician had to clear my meds before they could be given. Unfortuneatly, I came back on a day that not one of the nurses who treated you like a human being was there. I feel very sorry for the ladies at Carswell. Some of them who have a simple short sentence for non-violent crimes have actually received a death sentence because without a miracle from above, they will never get out alive from the treatment received there.
Hi Nicole thank Good your nighmare is over, for my sister is not over yet, and now they transfered her to another facility in Conneticut, I still fighting for her. My sister's name Diana she is on a wellchair after some "Physical Therapist" at Carswell injured her.
chany

Little Rock, AR

#10 Sep 9, 2010
My wife's sis just went there BC she's pregnant....she don't think I care but I do, now al y'all got me real worried for her and her unborn baby's health...please tell me someone didn't think the care was horrible ...
Amy

Stites, ID

#11 Sep 29, 2010
My Sister-in-law, Karla Fuller,was in Carswell for a year(she was released in Nov 2009). She had a brain stem tumor. Her experience there was hell. I agree with the previous posts that they are neglectful at Carswell. The only reason Karla received treatment is because we had a lawyer and our Senator pushing them to take care of her. Through a miracle, she came home last Nov. She passed away a month ago. We were so greatful to have her home again. If anyone is interested in learning more about her experience you can go to the blog we started in her behalf.
http://prisoninmatejusticekarlafuller.blogspo...
Amy
Star

Pottstown, PA

#12 Oct 5, 2010
I have a family member incarcerated at Carswell. I have been trying my best to let them be aware of her medical conditions, but as usual they blow it over with a minimum of concern. I have reached Senators in my area to take a look at this matter and to no avail they seem to go along to what Carswell have to say.

I'm not giving up. She has an earlier release for either a halfway house or home confinement for this month. We as a family are pushing for home confinement due to the severity of her illness.

Please pray for us as I will be praying for you.
C Oviedo

Heavener, OK

#13 Oct 30, 2010
I was in Carswell in 2005. To get what you need there you have to be pro active, which is hard for people who are sick and disabled. Most everyone at Carswell is sick or disabled, that is what this facility is mainly for, medically needy inmates. If you have a family member that is not getting the care they need, and contacting the prison isn't helping, you can write a letter to: Harley G. Lappin
Director,Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Central Office.320 First St., NW,Washington, DC 20534 When writing, here are a few tips. First, Put who the letter is in regards to. Second What you are writing to them about (ie. medical care problem, staff abusive, etc.) Give all the details you can and stay on subject...don't ramble and get off track. It's important for the reader to know, that if the problem is not resolved within a reasonable period of time, you plan to take further action. Third, let the reader know, who you have written to or talk to about the problem prior to writing him the letter.
Nothing in the Federal Government is going to happen over night, and if there is an emergency need...for example, when I was in FMC, there was a woman released to the compound area that just had a brain tumor removed. She should have been on the hospital side as she had brain fluid leaking out of her nose, couldn't walk to get to the cafeteria, and was unable to assist herself in personal care. We all had to take turns feeding her and helping her until we could get someone to listen and put her on the hospital side. It took two days. She was a foster child previously and had no family outside to help. Mistakes like this happen all the time and with as many people in FMC the staff does not have enough time to do what needs to be done right. Be Proactive for your family on the inside, be supportive. They are in a world where everything for everyone is the same, and you can do things to make them feel different and special. Inmates miss what is going on outside in the world and feel isolated and alone. Send uplifting books, letters, pictures, and make them feel as much a part of the outside world as you can. Carswell in comparison to may state prisons is far above the rest in facility, medical care, food, and staff. The dining area was like a Furr's Cafeteria, it was nice and pleasant. You are offered more than enough food, and there is an all you can eat salad bar, and non carbonated beverages available. The rooms are small and cramped, and it's hard living that close to other people of all different walks of life. There are library facilities, Cosmo, Arts and Craft Classes, and Unicor where inmates can work and make money being information operators. There are classes you can take on different things including Spanish, and there are several church services of all types you can attend, not to mention the fully equipted Gym, arobics classes, and wheel chair arobics that are available. There is also an outdoor track for walking. I didn't like going to prison, but I could have done much worse than FMC. I continue to correspond and support the friends I made in FMC.
Malissa

Dunmor, KY

#14 Nov 1, 2010
My mother was incarcerated recently at Carswell. She sounds ok when I talk to her on the phone. She has Cardiomyopathy, her heart is only working at 20%. She has an external defibrillator now but has needed an internal one for a while now. She is only 54. She is a very sweet woman who mothers everyone. Thank you C Oviedo, there are some issues that need to be resolved with her health care. I will use that info to hopefully get her help. Does anyone know who I can contact to help her get her sentence shortened on account of the crime being a result of the severe abuse she was put through?
hayde pena

United States

#16 Nov 22, 2010
Sheri wrote:
I am due to self surrender soon. I am scared to death and have no idea what to expect. Im far away from my family. the reason im supposed to be there is for my breast cancer meds. I really am freaking out. any one with any info will be so much appreciated.
i was there about three years ago and to be honest it really isnt what it seems! i was pregnant in there and i believe i wasnt treated the way i should of

Since: Oct 10

Heavener, OK

#17 Dec 14, 2010
Malissa wrote:
My mother was incarcerated recently at Carswell. She sounds ok when I talk to her on the phone. She has Cardiomyopathy, her heart is only working at 20%. She has an external defibrillator now but has needed an internal one for a while now. She is only 54. She is a very sweet woman who mothers everyone. Thank you C Oviedo, there are some issues that need to be resolved with her health care. I will use that info to hopefully get her help. Does anyone know who I can contact to help her get her sentence shortened on account of the crime being a result of the severe abuse she was put through?
Shortening of sentences must always go through the federal court system. There are new laws that can effect sentencing that came out in February, but they are very hard to understand and have a bunch of stupid details in them that, to me, don't make any sense. Getting expensive medical devices are hard in Carswell as the Federal Government has to approve to pay. If what she has is working for her, they may not even consider changing it, even though and internal may be a better option for her. Carswell will treat her in the cheapest most effective way possible, not the best care possible. To see about shortening her sentence, you need to see an attorney to see if any of the new laws apply to her, or maybe a compassionate release. ASK A COMPETENT FEDERAL ATTORNEY. Hang in there, and be supportive of your mom.
nh renay

Manchester, NH

#18 Jan 4, 2011
I was also in Carswell,I was released in Jan 09' and I too was there for medical reasons. I'm an insulin dependent diabetic and also had a pre-term baby,C-section,in state prison a few weeks before I hit federal grounds. My first 6 months I had to live off lettuce and rice cakes and literally exercise 4-6 hours every single day just to keep my blood sugars around 200-250! This is because they absolutely refused to give me my insulin! I went to sick call numerous times and each time I was assured the correct paperwork had been sent down to the insulin line nurses...and each time I stood in line for 45 min or longer,my insulin was never there! It took the senator of NH getting involoved for me to recieve a dose of insulin. I never had my post partum check the whole 3.5 years I was there and when I started to experience debilitating pain and bleeding I was informed it was just a heavy period...this went on my last 2 years in Carswell and the minute I got to a halfway house in Boston...I had a hysterectomy! Guess it wasn't "just a heavy period" that was causing blood loss,pain,weakness and making my sugars soar because of the raging hormones of ademiosos,endometriosis and the fact my uterus had grown to my bladder and twisted it around due to over grown scar tissue from the C-section 4 years before that they never followed up on! Good luck to anyone who is there or with family there. Get anyone you need from your community and legislature if you need help dealing with Carswell. They do lie to cover their own asses and are willing to let you die in there
Melly

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Jan 14, 2011
I too have a very sweet and loving mother that has recently self surrendered to the Center. She is 58 and has been under house arrest awaiting her trial.....she has been sent there for a 30-45 day mental evaluation to determine if she is fit for trial. I am scared for her. She started doing meth in her 50's to "self medicate" but has been accused of manufacturing, harboring, distribution and I don't know what else. I am the oldest of her 4 grown children and none of us including my mother have never been in trouble. She said a friend introduced it to her and she finally had energy to get out of bed and get her house work done....yard work etc. She had been feeling weak, depressed and tired and has been tested for lupus. We are a close family and suspected she acted different....especially peranoid and asked her if she was taking anything..... If they accused her for what she was guilty of it would not be such a nightmare.....instead we have to fear for her life as if she was still on the drugs. I think it is important good and bad to post stories....this could help make the prision a better place to all that lives this nightmare. Its hard to know what to do if you don't know and as someone said in an earlier post...alot of these prisoners are good loving women/mothers/wifes there for a short term with non violent crimes who made a mistake... Mistakes are that....mistakes they shouldnt define you.
Geminitwin

Lincoln, NE

#20 Feb 1, 2011
I was just released from Carswell Jan. 27th 2011, after a 10month stay on the orginal 18month sentence. I was released because the Appelate Court has overturned our conviction, and we were ordered "immediately released". Ha. The order came in for release at 5 minutes to 4pm. 4pm is nationwide "count" time...which for everything to clear, usually about an hour..put the time over 5pm. They didnt want to call someone back in to process me out. So, I had to wait til 11am the following morning. All of the stories, about abuse, negligence, not processing papers is so TRUE. I have several story's to tell concerning the treatment, both medically and mentally, over the treatment we recieved and the environment we are subjected to. The orderly's are not even given Bleach to properly clean restrooms. Going to Sick Call, you will sit there, all day, only to be "not believed", or get a prescription for IBprofin, or you will be told you will be on the "Call Out", to see the doctor.. which generally is "next week". No one believes you, if your sick, or if you have an issue. We are overcrowded, and paperwork issues are a huge concern. The 2nd chance act, which allows inmates up to 1 year in a halfway house, ONLY applys if your Casemanager, FEELS you need it. They decide. Most women, are not even given a 6months in a halfway house. I have personally seen, and talked to several women, and their complaints are truely genuine and real. One day, a woman with MS was walking the halls, bawling her eyes out, trying to get help, because they accidently gave her to much medicine, and she was shaking so bad, she couldnt even lift her own arm to her mouth to eat. I took her to the Luientinents office, to try to get her medical attention, and they told us to wait until "sick call".. which would of been the following morning. There is some good staff, at Carsell, if your lucky enough to find them.
The list is endless, of things I've seen and been subjected to, and I honestly don't know if I will ever get over or past those 10months. I would call home everyday, and describe the conditions. Thank God, my family and lawyer were relentless in our legal battle. I hope all families that have inmates there, can do whatever they can to possible get them transferred, or even home. I realize changes are coming to the BOP, and I for one, hope and pray for the ones that are still left to endure their sentences, especially those that require medical attention.
kim turner

Lexington, KY

#21 Feb 10, 2011
my sister in law was just taken a couple days ago to carswell for a medical/mental evaluation. we haven't heard from her,and i checked the imate locator and it doesn't have a projected release date yet. does anyone know how long it normally takes for an evaluation? after reading all of these posts, i'm truly worried about her and her safety. i don't want to relay any of this info to her husband or 16 yr old son. they would just worry even more. i already sent money to her account. will she be allowed to call us collect? or buy off commisary while she is being evaluated? someone plz give me helpful info. we'd greatly appreciate it...
concerned family in KY
renay nh

Hadley, MA

#22 Feb 10, 2011
If she just got there it can take a couple weeks for her info to show up. They only update every few weeks. Her unit manager should give her one phone call from their office to check in with her family usually her first week or so there. She has probably already been allowed to go " shopping" if she has money in her account. She will be able to call collect or prepaid once her inmate is #( pac #) is entered into their computer system which can take up to 2 weeks. I'm sure she is as " fine" as she can be for just getting there...its likely she just hasn't been fully processed into the system yet or the system just hasn't been updated yet. Good luck.

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