My son: a Marine veteran in solitaryAug 28th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Families Speak Out
“My son Adan is in solitary confinement. Why? Because the jail considers that is the “safest” way to hold someone with a medical/mental condition. I was told that is for his good and the good of others. He does not have the opportunity to eat or mingle with other inmates. He has been in solitary confinement for over 3 years, awaiting trial in the Comal County Jail.
Time after time there are postponements and trial cancellations.
“He is allowed to go outside at least once a week. The lights are kept on in the jail from some time before breakfast time at 5 a.m. until about 11 p.m. The majority of the time is spent under florescent light,
Adan does not sleep well, especially since he cannot tell if it is night or day, nor can he tell what day it is.
There are no educational programs in Comal County (GED, higher education, etc). There is a portable cart of donated books that gets moved through the cells periodically. If the inmates are asleep when it goes by, they have lost their chance to pick up a book.
Inmates can sign up to get on a computer to do research on an online law library. Adan says it is a lengthy process.”
These are the conditions of confinement for a 28 year old Marine Corps veteran who served his country to the best of his ability, but has been forgotten as he developed mental health challenges as a result of his service to his country.