Norrita Jeanette Wynder (Baby Girl) died on February 7, 2006 as a result of a preventable and treatable asthma attack. She was 28 years old. The guards on her unit helped trigger an attack when they upset her by denying her a phone call for which she was signed up. They made the attack fatal by refusing to let her get help once the attack was triggered.
While several individual guards are complicit in her needless and untimely death, it indicts the whole prison system. We hold the prison and the prison system responsible for the prevailing attitude that prisoners are “faking” any time they report their health issues.
We dedicate this issue of The Fire Inside to Norrita Wynder, her death throws a spotlight on the non-delivery of health care in prison.