Several weeks after the storm, he wrote Sloan Rucker, a Texas woman who advocates for better treatment of prison inmates and is his pen pal.Mother Jones obtained the letter and confirmed his identity by checking the Texas Department of Criminal Justice offender database and matching it with a grievance complaint Hartvikson filed to TDCJ in October.The Category 4 storm made landfall in Rockport, a small town on the Gulf Coast on Friday, August 25.The next day, the storm slammed into Beaumont, a city of 118,000 located 85 miles east of Houston.Those numbers are also on the rise in recent years, but only after a long-term downward trend.In jails, the numbers are pretty stable and a little lower.Hartvikson describes increasingly desperate circumstances in the prison with inadequate food, overflowing toilets, and a lack of drinkable water. The courts have made clear that prisoners are constitutionally entitled to be housed in conditions of reasonable safety, David Fathi, the director of the ACLUs National Prison Project says.Us inmates knew we were in trouble when breakfast consisting of 2 boiled eggs and a piece of cornbread were delivered to our cells. The conditions Hartvikson allege are anything but reasonable or safe.
Conditions at the prison began to deteriorate in the pre-dawn hours on Monday, August 28.
Four prisons are therethree of them state facilities and one federaland the town was hit hard by Harvey.
Its water pressure system failed leaving residents with little access clean water.
Why werent arrangements for food, water, toilets, and things of that nature made for the inmates in the days leading up to the storm? Hartvikson also says their meals shrunk drastically.
Some of are [sic] meals during that time were just 1 peanut butter sandwich.