Richardson says it’s not just material items that are withheld. He says he saw one inmate so sick he was throwing up, another inmate deprived of his inhaler, and an open wound on a third inmate.
“The Department does not withhold hygiene products from inmates and works continually to ensure all health, safety and hygiene standards are being met within our 149 facilities. Inmates are provided with necessary toiletries and given toilet paper per policy, in order to make certain the products are not being used to hide contraband or used to create a disturbance. Toilet paper is provided whenever an inmate runs out, or every ten days, whichever is sooner. Clear direction has been given to each Warden in the state in order to ensure this expectation will continue to be met.If an inmate is found to be without proper hygiene products, this is immediately addressed by the institution leadership.”