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I have a son who is residing in Prison in the LA area. He

I have a son who...
I have a son who is residing in Prison in the LA area. He has been through a lot...4 back surgeries...cancer...now an emergency neck operation...and he is only 41. Every time he is in pain...(and there has been horror stories from him and others who knows what he is going through) he reaches out to me. So, he is now in pain...and the doctor there believes in no pain meds. My son could be on a pain alternative solution...or some type of pain control. I am afraid he may go to the inmates who have contraband...and take things he should not be subjected to. I need someone to let the prison know that someone is interested in him to show that there could be pressure on them to step up and give him relief...enough to relax and heal. Could you help?
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Prisons don't give out controlled substances. That doesn't mean, however, that they can't offer your son some relief. If he has a serious medical condition it is a violation of his civil rights not to give him adequate treatment for his condition. It doesn't have to be the same as what he'd get on the outside, but the facility cannot just ignore his problems. If they dn't treat him, that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment, which is barred by the 8th Amendment to the Consitution.

You need to find him a civil rights lawyer to make some noise with the prison and/or to get him back before the judge to order him better care. The American Civil Liberties Union has been advocating for inmate rights all over the country. If you look up your local chapter of the ACLU, you can report this facility's neglect to them. If they can't look into that themselves, they should be able to direct you to a civil rights lawyer who can.

If you strike out there, you can contact your State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service, and they can direct you to a lawyer who can help stir things up.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
This was very helpful...glad I asked you as all I ever got was stonewalled. Thanks again.
Sincerely,
Donald's mom

You're very welcome!

Prisons don't like to be questioned. They give families the runaround. A lot of criminal lawyers don't like to go up against local authorities. So your best bet is a civil rights lawyer if he's not getting adequat care.

I hope the ACLU can do something for him.

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