Legionnaires’ disease is a kind of pneumonia that you may be familiar with. It’s caused when someone breathes in water that contains legionella bacteria - and it hit Flint during the water crisis. Now, it’s popped up down South, in a vulnerable prison that already has multiple issues on the inside.
Coleman Federal Correctional Complex’s women’s camp in Florida was already embroiled in countless crises, including widespread sex abuse by guards that resulted in a lawsuit. Now the inmates must figure out how to navigate this disease-riddled situation.
These women need masks so they don’t come into contact with the water (which is how you contract the disease), but initial reports revealed they were being DENIED masks and bottled water! This is how people’s rights as humans come under attack inside prison walls.
Women in prison have rights. Just because they’re inside doesn’t mean they should be subjected to torturous conditions. An outbreak of disease on top of a sex abuse crisis shows just how quickly many are willing to forget that.