We received the following message from a man who’s currently incarcerated at ERDCC in Bonne Terre. He also told us that another message he sent regarding the conditions at this facility was kept from being sent out to us.
“The chaos at ERDCC continues. This morning, there was a fight, two guard assaults. The staff here have created these unsafe, unhealthy, dehumanizing, and hopeless conditions. Not only are they too short staffed—which means the staff here are so overworked they cannot respond to human beings in the healthy way they should, which leads to more assaults—but the department never provided the video visits that have shown to lower staff assaults due to added connection and communication with our loved ones. Also, good behavior and doing positive self improvement is not rewarded with release from prison on parole. Even the most caring and helpful of us can’t get released, or even get adequate medical care.”