To the unknowing public and the people who have the power to help.

My name is Anthony. I am a 34-year-old man currently residing in MSDF. Though I am one of the few fortunate people who has an ATR (alternative to revocation), the tremendous problem known as MSDF is very real. This is my story.

I was released from prison on May 18, 2014, after doing 5 out of a 9 1/2 year sentence. At the time of release I had been diagnosed with several mental illnesses, along with being a recovering addict. I was sent out to society with minimal resources, and even less money. I cannot say my P.O. didn’t offer assistance, because she has been of great help, but one person can only provide so much. Needless to say it wasn’t long before I was placed here at MSDF where the conditions are truly not fit for animals let alone humans.

At all times it is freezing. I believe it is kept so cold because there is mold in the foundation covered by paint. The food is also served cold. Two times out of the month we are confined to our cells for 24 hours for a so-called “training day,” which basically means we are forced to eat in a bathroom, not to mention when there are three people in a two-man cell, which I have endured often.

We are confined to our bunks because there is nowhere/room to walk. It is truly agonizing. Not to mention the classification process is a joke and if you are classified as “high risk” you are subject to different/worse treatment, like canteen restriction and dayroom time, which makes no sense because the majority of us are all here for rule violations.

To really grasp what is going on in this institution can only be fully understood by being confined here. If you’re reading this, I hope it’s not upon the blind and you’re willing to stand for the cause to truly help our people get justice. Thank you for your time.

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