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Prisoners are prisoners, but they have rights, too

As we all know, the prisons are full, and Vermont is sending inmates to other states. The remaining inmates are getting to stay, and their families and friends can visit.

But is this a good life for the inmates who face anxiety, diabetes, and similar sickness?

They don’t get their required meds.

Diabetics do get insulin, but at inconsistent hours. For example: 4 a.m. for breakfast, 10 a.m. for lunch, and I believe 3 to 4 p.m. for dinner.

And they don’t even get the “prisoner’s rights” last I heard. The case workers are not helpful.

I know the prisoners are prisoners, but they have rights as well — and they need these rights respected.

A loved one of mine was arrested for violation of probation. He made a phone call where he intended to arrange to give his ex personal property at an upcoming court date. The police were called and two months later, he is still detained.

This person is not violent by any means and knows that he screwed up. He just needs a second chance in life.

In my opinion, I think the court system is being judgmental because of one person “being afraid.”

The Windham County State’s Attorney is looking at only one side of the story. The public defenders have a ton of clients and cannot focus on any one client, so they all suffer, which is not a good thing.

I didn’t write this to upset anyone — I just wanted to get the message out there.

Lynn Lepisto
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #522 (Wednesday, August 7, 2019). This story appeared on page E2.

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