SOS From Holman: Suffocating Heat

June 24. 2009
Dearest Insight Family,
Thank you for the note of your support and solidarity. I pray that all who read this have a caring enough heart to call to this prison and to any local media outlets and kick up a little dust for us here at Holman. I am in a Security Housing Unit cell for 24 hours a day. I am in a cell with absolutely zero ventilation. The administration keeps blowing smoke saying that they are preparing to install air conditioning. But, what about the days and nights of agonizing heat we have to suffer through? What about being literally drenched in sweat for at least 21 out of the 24 hours in a day? Is it humane that we are forced to lay our mattresses on the floor by the door so that we can catch what little air comes under the crack of the door at the bottom? There are 6 exit doors. They could be opened to provide an added breeze but that is out. The warden says no. The tray slots could be left open to give a little relief, but, not that as well. I truly believe that it would be found much cooler in a city animal shelter. If the temp outside is 90, it most likely would about 105-107 with the heat index in the cells. As I write this I’ve used my face towel to wipe my sweaty face and chest 6 times. This is cruel and unusual treatment at its best. All the ones on the chain of commands hands are tied. Can’t go over the warden. In the coming weeks I predict a number of heat strokes and for some of the men to temporarily lose touch with reality having no respite from this high temperature. I predict a couple of suicide attempts. Hopefully, none are successful. But, my number one prediction is that the powers that be will continue to do nothing if you all in the greater society don’t apply pressure. We are in a concrete and tin building with zero ventilation. Sounds like one of the feared sweatboxes that were to be found on slave plantations!! This a human distress call! SOS!!

Honorably,
Le Barron Craig
191832
3700 Holman M-18
Atmore, AL 36503