Vanessa Moved to Allred Unit: PREA Violations

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

viewing and searches
(d) The facility shall implement policies and procedures that enable inmates to shower,
perform bodily functions, and change clothing
without nonmedical staff of the opposite
gender viewing their breasts, buttocks, or genitalia, except in exigent circumstances or
when such viewing is incidental to routine cell checks. Such policies and procedures shall
require staff of the opposite gender to announ
ce their presence when entering an inmate
housing unit.

Accommodate the concerns of LBGTI inmates in terms of safety,
name, pronoun, shower preference, and searches

Address the safety and privacy needs of LGBTI inmates in
toileting, showering, and sleeping

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
Allred Unit
2101 FM 369 N
Iowa Park, TX 76367

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