Date of this Report: Sunday, December 31, 2000
Report Duration: May 27, 2000 to May 27, 2001
Prepared by: Sherry L. Swiney (wife)


PRISON ABUSE REPORT
(supplement 1)


This is a continued supplement to the Prison Abuse Report beginning May 27, 2000.

On May 27, 2000 Nurse at prison takes Patrick's heart and arthritis medication away. Records are falsified. Incident reported to all proper authorities. No response by any of them, as of December 31, 2000. Medications were kept from Patrick for 3 days for no reason than the hope of causing a medical emergency and killing Patrick with no weapon. Meds were reinstated on May 30, 2000.

ALABAMA BOARD OF NURSING
770 Washington Avenue Suite 250
Mailing--P.O. Box 303900 Montgomery, Alabama 36130 - Attn: Linda Ray
Phone: (334) 242-4060 Fax: (334) 242-4360
e-mail: leray@abn.state.al.us


CONSUMER'S REPORT OF POSSIBLE VIOLATION


NAME OF REPORTING PERSON: SHERRY SWINEY
ALABASTER, ALABAMA 35007 taoss@worldnet.att.net

FULL NAME OF THE NURSE: NURSE WAGNER RNWHERE IS THE NURSE EMPLOYED:
HOLMAN PRISON, ATMORE, ALABAMA 36503

THE NURSES TITLE OR POSITION? MEDICAL FACILITY AT HOLMAN, MEDICATION DISTRIBUTION  DID YOU REPORT THIS TO ANYONE IN THE FACILITY: YES

IF YES, TO WHOM WAS THIS REPORTED? PRISON CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, REGINA PAYNE

WHEN WAS IT REPORTED SUNDAY 8:20 AM IN PERSON AT THE PRISON, MAY 28, 2000

WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO THIS NURSE? I DON'T KNOW THIS NURSE

HAS THIS MATTER BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE? NO, REPORTED TO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, MONTGOMERY ALABAMA

DETAILS OF THE COMPLAING-ATTACH COPIES OF RELEVENT DOCUMENTS IF AVAILABLE (USE ADDITIONAL SHEETS IF NECESSARY):
(GIVE SPECIFICS INCLUDING WHAT HAPPENED, THE DATE, PLACE AND TIME OF OCCURRENCE)

ON SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2000, NURSE WAGNER RN, DISCONTINUED ALL OF PATRICK SWINEY'S MEDICATION WITHOUT A DOCTOR'S SIGNATURE. THIS TOOK PLATE AT THE HOLMAN PRISON FACILITY DURING PILL CALL. PATRICK SWINEY IS A HEART PATIENT, WHO ALSO SUFFERS WITH INFLAMMATORY SPINAL ARTHRITIS . HIS LETTER IS ATTACHED GIVINE EXPLICIT DETAILS. --ATTACHMENT--

LIST NAMES, ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO KNOW OF THIS POSSIBLE VIOLATION: THIS HAS BEEN REPORTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND TO OTHERS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. MAY 27, 2000 TO CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, 12647 OLIVE BLVD, P.O. BOX 419052, ST. LOUIS, MO 63141-1752 -- AND AGAIN ON MAY 30, 2000, TELEPHONE 800-325-4809, KIMBERLY.

  2. MAY 30, 2000 TO CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, 950 22ND STREET N., SUITE 620, BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203 -- TELEPHONE 205-458-8686, CHRISTY HOLLY.

  3. MAY 30, 2000 TO MICKY MCINNISH, FORMER DOC ATTORNEY, 334-221-0172 WHO GAVE ME THE PRESENT DOC ATTORNEY'S NAME -- MAY 30, 2000 TO ED PARISH, 323 ADAMS AVENUE, MONTGOMERY, AL -- TELEPHONE 334-263-0003

  4. MAY 30, 2000 TO ALABAMA NURSING BOARD -- TELEPHONE 334-242-4060 LINDA RAY.

  5. MAY 31, 2000 MARGARET COLBERT AT THE PRISON 334-368-8122 EXT. 349AND JOANN IN THE WARDEN'S OFFICE [CALL WAS MADE BY BEVERLY MILLER IN INDIANA]

I CERTIFY THAT ALL INFORMATION THAT I HAVE PROVIDED HEREIN IS TRUE AND CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.

SIGNATURE
/S/ SHERRY SWINEY
DATE
JUNE 02, 2000

DR/Document/Violation Report Forms

On December 20, 2000 Patrick called his wife, Sherry, to let her know that he had put in for a doctor's visit and medication early, in anticipation for the Christmas and New Year's holidays when no medical staff would be available at the prison. His request was refused which meant he would have to endure the holidays in unnecessary pain. Patrick wrote a grievance report and mailed it to Sherry for typing and distribution to the authorities.

On December 21, 2000 Patrick's wife wrote the members of the Alabama Medical Advisory Committee to complain about the medical neglect that has continued without end.
Thursday, December 21, 2000

To the Members of the Medical Advisory Committee

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, advised me to write to you about a dire medical situation at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama. As free world doctors and members of the Medical Advisory Committee, who monitor the quality of medical care provided in Alabama prisons, I hope I have come to the right place for help.

I hereby request that you investigate and intervene in the medical case of my husband, Mr. Patrick Swiney. He is a heart patient and has suffered three heart attacks since being in prison these past 13 years. He also suffers from inflammatory spinal arthritis and emphysema. It is essential that he receives PROPER medical care, but the prison has continuously refused this to him. There is absolutely no reason for this kind of neglect! This is brutal, unmerciful, uncalled for, against the Hippocratic oath and just downright mean, if not criminal.

His criminal case is under investigation which I know is a separate issue. However, we would like him to live long enough to see the justice that is due to him in his criminal case.

We have both done everything we can to obtain the medical attention my husband requires and we are being purposely ignored. I am attaching a few letters written by myself and my husband, in attempts to bring attention to the medical abuse which is in the form of pure malevolence directed toward my husband. He needs a free world doctor to examine him and prescribe proper medicines and/or treatment before I and the rest of our family lose him! Please, we love him dearly and though you don't know anything of his case, nor should that matter to you as physicians, be assured, we are very close to securing the evidence of innocence we need to get him a new trial and his freedom. How would everyone feel if the prison killed an innocent man because no one bothered to intervene?

Sincerely and respectfully,

Sherry Swiney

Enclosures [every one of these have been ignored - no response received]:
Letter from Patrick Swiney re: Nursing Complaint dated 3/1/1999 [2 pages]
Letter from Sherry Swiney to DOJ dated 3/22/2000 [2 pages]
Letter from Patrick Swiney to CMS dated 3/28/2000 [4 pages]
Report from Sherry Swiney to Alabama Board of Nursing dated 6/2/2000 [2 pages]
Article by Patrick Swiney on Prison Abuse dated 6/11/1998 [4 pages]

Dr. Rowell Ashford
1515 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Dr. Ira L. Myers
925 Green Forest Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109

Dr. Robert G. Sherrill, Jr.
1 Perimeter Park South
Suite 200 North
Birmingham, AL 35243

Dr. Calvin R. Johns, Jr.
1156 Oak Street
Montgomery, AL 36108

Dr. Sam Eichold
300 Chatom Street
Mobile, AL 36604

Dr. W.R. Bodden, Jr.
944 Delcris Drive
Birmingham, AL 35226

Dr. Jacqueline Feldman
UAB
Community Care Bldg.
908 S. 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35233

Dr. Jackson Como
UAB Department of Pharmacy
1720 Jefferson Tower
Birmingham, AL 35233-6860

On December 24, 2000 Patrick's wife, Sherry, visited Patrick in the prison. He was suffering from severe pain in his left arm. He didn't know if it was cardiac or the arthritis. His hand was numb.

On December 26, 2000 Dr. Eichold called Patrick's wife, Sherry, after he receive her letter dated December 21st. Dr. Eichold told Sherry he had spoken to the "Highest Authority at CMS" and he could assure her that the situation wasn't as serious as she thought. Dr. Eichold eluded to the idea that Patrick was not a heart patient and that Sherry was exaggerating. After that conversation, Sherry called Patrick's mother, Odelle, who is a retired RN and asked Odelle to call the doctor. Odelle called Sherry back after she spoke to Dr. Eichold and said the doctor was covering up for CMS [Correctional Medical Services]. After that conversation, Sherry called Bob Long Investigations, asking Bob Long to call the doctor. He did. There was a heated discussion which was tape recorded. Bob Long immediately mailed a release form to Patrick to sign so Patrick's medical records could be released to Dr. Eichold for review.

On December 26, 2000 Patrick called his wife, Sherry, to let her know that he had just experienced heavy bleeding from his rectum. Patrick's mother, Odelle, reported this to Dr. Eichold during her conversation with him, stating it could simply be hemorrhoids or it could be something serious, but since Patrick was being refused any medical examinations or treatment, we may never know what's wrong.

On December 30, 2000 Patrick called his wife, and said he was no longer experiencing the bleeding. It still needs to be checked to be sure there's not a serious problem developing. Patrick said he was called in for a blood pressure test - not by a doctor. His blood pressure registered 150 over 80 in his left arm and 140 over 70 in his right arm. His usual top number is 110-120. Patrick's blood pressure is normally low. No medication was given and no examination for his heart condition or arthritis was given either. Just the blood pressure test.
On December 31, 2000 Patrick called his wife, and said he was freezing cold. The weather was in the 30's, the prison does not use heat, and the prison only gave Patrick one blanket. With his system already being stressed by the pain in his left arm and no medication, his body is further stressed trying to keep him warm. The inside of the dorm is described carefully and accurately in Patrick's article "Too Late To Debate???" dated 1996. Conditions are dank, filthy, noisy, and not conducive to healing.

As of May 24, 2001 We have still not been able to obtain the prison medical records, even though Patrick has signed a release for these records to be issued to his wife or his investigators on this case.

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