As of June 3, 2017, Vanessa has been moved from the Alfred Hughes Unit to the Allred Unit upon completion of the “Mental Health Therapeutic Diversion Program”.
Much to our shock and sadness, instead of being released into general population (or more appropriately, Safe Keeping which is a form of general population for prisoners that are easier targets for harassment and abuse), Vanessa was placed in a High Security section of the prison.
Here, she spends nearly 24 hours a day in a concrete, windowless cell and only permitted to leave 2-3 times per week. There is a shower in her cell located in front of the window on her door. This enables other prisoners to look into her cell when she is showering, granting her no privacy or modesty.
This is in direct violation of PREA policies and guidelines:
28 C.F.R. § 115.15: Limits to cross-gender
We are looking into the matter more closely, and challenging TDCJ to implement policies that will provide more safety for Vanessa. We are hoping to push for her to be moved to Ad-Seg or Safe Keeping per her request.
You may write to Vanessa at the new address as follows:
Scott Gibson #699888
2101 FM 369 N
Iowa Park, TX 76367