Demand Justice for Inmates Given Poisoned Water


Target: West Virginia Regional Jail

Goal: File a proper investigation into West Virginia abuses and provide justice for inmates who suffered at the hands of correctional officers

Amid the flurry of apprehension about the recent West Virginia water contamination incident, inmates at the West Virginia Regional Jail were seemingly forgotten. The inmates were given little water, much less than the national daily recommended amount, and the water system was not cleared of chemicals as extensively as the Regional Jail authorities announced. Inmates were undoubtedly exposed to the chemicals in the water and the air, unable to seek shelter elsewhere or find clean water to drink.

Many people in the jail suffered from dehydration, serious headaches, rashes, and respiratory infections due to the inadequate water and chemical exposure. Yet the long term effects are still not known. The regional jail failed to provide a basic human right for these inmates. The regional jail authorities blatantly lied to the press and other media sources when they claimed that inmates were given sufficient water and protection from chemicals. The men in the facilities received just three 8oz bottles of water when the daily recommended amount is 12 8oz bottles. The authorities claimed they had given at least 8 bottles of water to each inmate, but records and interviews show they did not, in fact, give inmates this amount of water. Because of this, the West Virginia Regional Jail must admit its wrongdoing in lying about providing enough water and safety from danger. Being arrested for a petty crime should not constitute terrible living conditions, especially when these living conditions can cause illness or death.

The petition below asks the West Virginia Regional Jail Authorities to admit wrongdoing and provide adequate security against possible future spills or abuses. This also requires proper investigation into the issue immediately.


Dear Bobby Russell,

I was appalled to read that your correctional facility in West Virginia denied basic human rights to its inmates. This disregard for human health, even towards those who have committed crimes, is terrible and indicative of larger issues involving inadequate services and care for fellow human beings. While problems of the past cannot be amended, I ask that you better equip your facilities to prevent further problems.

In addition, I ask that you recant your statements about having provided adequate water and chemical protection for your inmates. These are obvious lies, exposed by independent investigations. I ask that you create a structured investigation and amend your previous comments to the press to more accurately reflect your actual participation in caring for your inmates in such a time of crisis.


[Your Name Here]

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