If Walls Could Talk: Statement from Charisse Shumate, prisoner and lead plaintiff

If Walls Could Talk:
Statement from Charisse Shumate, prisoner and lead plaintiff,
Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)

I, Charisse Shumate, wish I could be there with you because, as you grow in numbers for us behind the walls of CCWF, the big cover up is going on inside. Now, for those who ask why should they care or believe we are asking for “Cadillac care,” if we were allowed to have video cameras or tape recorders, the truth could be seen or heard about the junk yard care we receive. The sad part is why were we, who are mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers, compared to a car? Is it because they have forgot we are human? If walls could talk we would not have to beg help. Please, it could be your best friend that dies behind the walls of CCWF. We made a mistake, one that we are paying for. But for those who believe we must pay with our lives, may god bless you, because he sees our cries, our pain, how women are locked alone in rooms to lay and no one to check on them or told to go back to their unit, they are not in a life threatening situation. For those who don’t know how to help, just pray for us.