Inmate Shares Live Video From Cell to Show How Pandemic Is Wreaking Havoc in Prison
Harrowing footage has emerged from an Ohio jail which shows a prisoner begging for someone to help him, and his fellow inmates, amid the ongoing medical pandemic. Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch the shocking video for yourself...
Prison life isn't desirable.
Obviously, if you do the crime, you have to face the consequences.
But not all prisoners are bad people.
Sometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time or hang out with the wrong crowd.
People can always change their ways.
The word “prisoner” conjures up lots of negative connotations, usually of people who have found themselves on the wrong path in life.
And prisons in the U.S. are especially bad.
There have been reports of inmates getting into fights, attacking officers, and even harming themselves.
And now, amid the ongoing medical pandemic, things have been even worse.
While some inmates have been lucky enough to get an early release, others have been put under much more stressful situations.
The potentially deadly virus can be spread ridiculously easily...
And prisoners, who are forced to share cells with a number of different inmates, are at a huge risk of contracting the virus themselves.
So far, we have been left to simply wonder what conditions behind our jail walls must be like.
But now, we’ve been given a raw glimpse… And it is simply shocking.
An inmate from a federal prison in Ohio used a smuggled cellphone in order to communicate with the outside world.
VICE identified the inmate as thirty-one-year-old Aaron DeShawn Campbell, who is serving time at FCI Elkton, where 3 inmates have already died, and twenty others are hospitalized as a result of the virus.
His video was shared via Facebook Live last week...
And was quite evidently a desperate plea for help, given the fact he was willing to risk showing his face and admit to possession of a smuggled cell phone in order to alert the public about the precarious situation inside his prison, his brother and mother told VICE.
He's given a harrowing insight into what life behind bars is currently like.
Wearing a surgical mask and a stocking cap, he says to the camera, “S*** you know I don’t even know how to start this. S*** was all good like a couple of days ago, right?”
But, quickly, things have taken a turn for the worst.
He explained, with the desperation evident in his voice, “So all of a sudden, out of the blue, f****** everybody just f****** dying and getting sick and s***.”
Prisoners have been reportedly offered no medical assistance.
And have just been left to die. “Like, this s*** serious as f***. Like, they literally leaving us in here to die.”
He alleges that a prison nurse recently told him “half the unit is about to die.”
It’s a truly desperate and shocking situation.
The video is around twenty-minutes long.
And several times throughout, Campbell films his fellow inmates lying down on bunks, who he says are all sick with symptoms of the virus.
He insists that his cellmates "can't even breathe."
He films an inmate who, despite being covered under a blanket, can be heard coughing and wheezing.
At one point, he even claims that a tent that has been pitched in the exercise courtyard...
Which was apparently set up to store the bodies of the men who have died from the virus.
Since the footage went viral, officials were contacted for comment...
And the Bureau of Prisons spokesperson, Sue Allison, told VICE News that the video “is currently under investigation,” and denied that Campbell or any of the other men shown in the video are sick. “We can confirm that after identifying the inmates in the video, none of them were symptomatic of COVID-19.”
You can watch Campbell's full video here.
For more on the conditions in U.S. jails, keep scrolling to hear what the disgraced rapper, R. Kelly has had to say about his experience…
Matthew McConaughey has been well and truly been stepping up during this pandemic crisis.
While millions of us remain in quarantine as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic, the actor has decided to help out those who are less fortunate than himself.
But firstly, let's rewind a few years.
Matthew is best known for being one of Hollywood’s most loved actors and he has graced our screens since the 1990s.
He has made quite a name for himself...
He has starred and co-starred in movies such as How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), Magic Mike (2012), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) which have all demonstrated how he is such a versatile actor.
But alongside his talents on-screen...
Matthew is also known for being a generous and compassionate person.
And his most recent acts have certainly shown that...
We are all more than aware of the global pandemic that we are currently living through.
The virus has now infected more than a million people...
And the death rate is rapidly rising day by day. People are now living in fear and despair, and it’s safe to say that things are getting out of control.
Our elderly residents are by far at the highest risk from the deadly virus.
The virus is considered most dangerous to the elderly and those who suffer from existing health issues – which is a lot of the world’s population.
These people are more likely to suffer from serious, and potentially deadly, health issues as a consequence of the virus.
So it is of the utmost importance that they remain quarantined and away from other people.
Our nursing homes have taken a huge hit during the pandemic...
With many members of staff being unable to come into work, they have been needing all the help they can get.
People have been helping out as best as they can...
And thousands of volunteers have been pitching together to somehow assist their elderly neighbors in any way possible.
And, while most have been helping out in more practical manners...
Others have been focusing more on bringing a simple bit of happiness to the lives of the residents.
Now we introduce Matthew McConaughey's first act of kindness...
The actor wanted to give a little back to the quarantined residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living facility in his home-town of Texas.
While other celebrities of his status have been filming themselves singing and complaining about being isolated in their mansions...
McConaughey decided to use his voice to spread joy in a slightly different, yet more effective way to the others.
He devised together a plan to lift the spirits of those residing at The Enclave...
And what’s more uplifting than a good, old fashioned game of bingo?
The actor, seen here towards the bottom right corner, decided to host a virtual version of the game...
Where residents who were self-isolating in their rooms could all join in via a giant Zoom video call.
Joined by his mom, wife, and 2 children, McConaughey hosted the virtual game...
Where he enthusiastically called out numbers and declared any potential winners.
"We've got an I-24, an I-24..."
As he clarifies the lucky drawn number, 2 residents suddenly shout out “Bingo!”, in which the actor and his family yell in celebration.
It was the most heartwarming moment.
And the look of joy on the residents’ faces was simply undeniable.
And, once their game had finished, the residents had their own words of thanks for the actor...
They wanted to pay tribute to an important message the actor had given to the world last month.
In March, the actor took to Twitter to offer some very wise words regarding the ongoing pandemic.
He reminded everyone that all red lights eventually turn green, saying: “I just want to say, in these crazy times… Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Let’s not go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid. Let’s do our due diligence and take the precautions that we need to, to take care of ourselves and those around us.”
So, as a thank you, the residents decided to hold up their own "green lights."
One of the facility’s workers said: “I wanted to say, from all of us, we want to continue to turn a red light into a green light,” as all the players held up their own green pieces of paper with inspirational messages written on the front.
As they held up their signs, the actor exclaimed loudly...
And sat back in his chair, slowly clapping with a huge smile on his face.
Matthew's kindness has gone such a long way...
And the actor didn’t stop there.
Matthew and his wife, Camila, made a special delivery recently.
The couple has been working closely with Bethenny Frankel‘s disaster relief initiative BStrong to ensure first responders across the United States are getting masks and supplies they need to stay safe throughout this crisis.
They have donated 80,000 face masks to organizations in between Austin and New Orleans.
“Matt and I were able to get approximately 80,000 masks, and it’s a combination of surgical masks and KN95 masks that will be distributed between Austin and New Orleans, where they were getting hit pretty hard as well,” Camila told PEOPLE.
They want to make sure that everyone on the front line is covered...
“It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we’ve got to find ways to help both sides because they’re all on the front line right now and we can’t afford to lose any of them,” she went on to say.
The couple aren't interested in making the most money...
“This is not about raising the hand and saying, ‘Hey, I’ve put this much money in it.’ This is about raising the hand and making people aware that this exists,” Camila explained. “It took me over two weeks to find this cause, so it’s about raising the hand and saying, ‘This exists and guess what? Still time to help.’ And if you can’t help with this, find your own avenue where you can help and feel useful during this time.”
Matthew and Camila went out on Thursday to personally make sure the donated supplies made it to their final destination in Austin, where they live.
Camila posted the video to Instagram, saying: “Our mission is to protect those who protect us, by providing healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and others with approximately 80,000 masks needed to battle the virus. Matthew and I, our friends Bill and Tracey Marshall have teamed up with the organization #BStrong. We are passionate about helping first responders from our hometown Austin – Texas, Louisiana and nationwide as we combat this national pandemic. #thisisacrisis.”
It's refreshing to see a couple who truly care about this cause and making a difference to others...
Rather than boasting about the amount of money they have risen and low-key showing off their wealth – which is what a lot of celebrities have been doing in the last few weeks.
For more on the McConaugheys...
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