And so at 6:30 AM on June 19 a group of solid loyal dedicated women walked me down to R&D where I waited patiently for my family to pick me up upon my release of Alderson Women’s prison camp. A very very emotional day for everybody …….the feelings were bittersweet. I said my goodbyes to Brandy, Roya, Josie, Linda, Kelly & Cayla. A group of women I shared much pain, many tears and genuine laughter with over the past year. This experience is something that I will hold dear to my heart and something that I will always cherish. One more time God knew what I needed in my life. I continue to be blessed and God continues to give me exactly what I need and not what I want. I’ve learned however that there is a very fine line now between what I want and what I need. This past year was spent soul-searching and working on myself. I got into the cargo van mail truck to be driven to the parking lot and when the door opened, Anthony, Talia and Sean were waiting patiently to pick me up. I have to say this was one of the happiest days of my life. As I stuck my middle finger in the air to so kindly say FUCK YOU Alderson, we started our journey home!!! So now what? How do I begin my life all over again? How do I pick up the pieces of the devastating bomb which was dropped two years ago on our lives? How do I begin? Where do I begin? So I spent the past week at the halfway house experiencing what all of my patients have been experiencing for years! It feels so very strange to be home. I have been released from the halfway house and am now on home confinement until July 20. I think of the women in Alderson every day. I know what they’re doing I know what they’re thinking I know what they’re feeling and I pray that they all get to come home very soon.
The prison system is the absolute worst. The fact that there are prison camps and FCI’s and different levels of security that nobody knows about is ridiculous. Alderson is a camp. It’s a very very low level security for first-time offenders of nonviolent crimes. You would think that the inmates were nothing short of baby killers the way they are treated by the staff. I am extremely grateful for my many many years of recovery and years of private therapy that I have had. Thanks to this I was able to survive the brutal daily attacks on my self-worth my self-confidence and my self-esteem. Living by my motto of “TREATING PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED and NOT THE WAY THEY TREAT YOU” is virtually impossible in that miserable environment. And unfortunately knowing that society has a preconceived idea of what a prisoner is and how they should be treated, one must be very thick skinned to survive going to prison. Once again there is prison and there are camps.
As pretty much all of you were aware I became involved in the sex scandal that took place in Alderson. One of the young ladies who was sexually abused by the captain was someone who I was trying to help get clean. When I made the decision to help her I was told by many of the inmates that I needed to stay out of it. I was amazed at how many women have been brainwashed and institutionalized. They were genuinely afraid for me. I initially thought they were crazy until I first handedly experienced the retaliation that I endured. I had a very light sentence of a year and a day giving me a 10 month bid. Within those 10 months, because of my decision to help this young lady, I was put in the bus stop which is a form of torture for over 180 days out of 310 days, I received three shots and I was shipped to a maximum-security county jail without explanation for a period of five days. I was lied to and told that I was being taken there for my protection. The Warden and the Lieutenant are who signed off on sending me to the county jail only for me to find out that they were both walked off of the compound by the FBI 24 hours after putting me in the county jail. The Warden so rudely asked me if I was SORRY implying that I should have gone to him and given him the evidence that I was holding probably so that he could destroy it. He allegedly is being charged with obstruction of justice. Since this experience I have been suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) as well as severe anxiety disorder. If I had a chance to do it all over again I would not do it any different. I am now trying to recuperate and get back on my feet so that I might fight and take on Alderson Women’s Prison Camp. They have a serious price to pay. To allow 1100 women’s lives to be put in the hands of a group of unethical, illegal, abusive, power hungry authority figures is absurd. Nothing short of a Class Action lawsuit is definitely in order. See, we as inmates are told that we are property of the BOP. We are not humans and we are not citizens. Once again we are property of the BOP. I have never been called “property”. Nobody knows what goes on in prison because there is no conversation following the words “they are in prison”. I have never experienced such inhumaness and unfairness in my life. There is no healthcare offered. The library is on the fourth floor of an old building with no elevators. The email is also on the fourth floor of that same building. The other email is located at the bottom of a very very very long hill. My point is that these areas in the prison are not handicapped accessible. My facility, ASI and MES, was required to be handicapped accessible or we would be shut down. There was a van that drove the handicapped places however it had no air conditioning. The bus stop which is a very large area similar to a lobby of a large hotel had approximately 20 bunkbeds in it. The bus stop is where the new inmates were housed and also where the disciplinary problems were housed. They left fluorescent lights on 24 hours a day. You could not sleep in the bus stop. Remember that I told you that Alderson women’s prison camp is a camp. It consisted of people who were first-time offenders of Non-violent crimes. The majority of inmates were charged with conspiracy. If you know anything at all about the law, conspiracy is how the Feds cover their ass and make sure that they have something to charge you with.
Now i’m going to vent about the drug problem. I don’t think the country is aware of how many addicts are in prison who have never ever been offered or sent to treatment of any kind. Prisons offer a program called RDAP. It is a cognitive behavioral program for addiction. RDAP is offered to the inmates the last year of their sentence. For example if someone is given a 10 year sentence and they are qualified to do RDAP, they are given a year off of their sentence. However when they get to prison they do nine years before they’re allowed to get into the RDAP program. In other words they sit for nine years doing nothing before they start treatment. In reality it’s not that they do nothing because what they do do is get high. They use. The Suboxone problem in prisons is outrageous. A strip of Suboxone costs $200 in prison. The best part is the prison does not drug test for Suboxone. Basically because it makes too much money on the sales of Suboxone through the commissary. It’s a joke and it’s a nightmare. Many of these drug addicts would be much better off if the judge would sentence them to two years of rehabilitation with the understanding that if they relapse after they complete rehabilitation then they would be required to complete their full sentence. I would love to be able to work with an addict for two years in treatment. I wrote a full program on supporting this idea. I would love the opportunity to pilot a program of this sort.
Basically I am home praying about what I want to be when I grow up. I’m going to rebuild what was stolen from me. Working with drug addicts is my passion. The opioid epidemic continues to be out of control and there has been a total of 83 ASI patients who have died of overdose since April 2016. I am almost finished writing two books. Be on the lookout! My plan is to open a few outpatient treatment facilities and continue helping people get clean! My other plan is also to never go back to prison! I thank you all for your love your support and your letters while I was incarcerated.I look forward to your comments and to your support. Stay tuned for my new upcoming YouTube channel! Yes I’m going on the circuit! I love you all and remember that God Got Us!!!!!!
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Roz, I was waiting on an update to you blog and I am so thankful that you were able to help bring justice to this terrible place. I know all about the unethical and degrading experience at Alderson and we need more woman to take a stand and stop this. We need drug treatment facilities not prisons. Sending these young girls to prison, with no treatment, making them felons, most with no future and no hope in surviving in the outside world and watching them return it’s not the answer. Offering more “classes” taught by inmates is a joke and not the answer. Alderson is a prison hidden in the moutains of WV with no accountability. I watched as inspectors would come through and they would fraudulently show them how things are done…till they left, then everything went back to the old violation ways. Lies, lies. And if you speak out, your punished and if you go to a CO you trust and they speak out, they are “retired.” It is the good old boys club there.
These camps need to be drug programs to turn lives around with counselors that CARE! I’m here to help.
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I’m very glad you helped as many as you did. I kinda figured you were just gonna sit and be idle with your time. Roz Sugerman doesn’t just waste time. She makes the best of ever opportunity, well I at least that’s what I was taught. I’m happy you made threw that ordeal and are not giving up on your dreams. Things like that give me hope, that it’s never to late to start over and make my situation better. No matter my age. Most of all I glad your home. I might be a little selfish but not being able to talk to on the phone or threw a text was very hard for me. I know your a busy woman and have always been but somehow you make time for me. Those few min of advice every day or even once a week helped me tremendously. I hope to see you soon and wish and pray for you nothing but the best. Love you lady you give addicts like me HOPE!!!
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Ty for your strength! You’re a very inspiring human and that makes me want to be better! I love you ❤️
I am so happy you are home! ❤ sending so much love to you and your family!
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I absolutely love and admire you and your strength Roz. I pray for you and all the girls in prison and for all the sick and suffering addicts.
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