My Block (2:39) Dennis McKeithan

5/15/20

Dennis McKeithan, SCI Phoenix. My block, which is E block and H block, we were considered the hot zone, and that's why we were primarily locked down for 24 hours a day for like 16 days. And after that, we went back to coming out once a day for 40 minutes so we can take a shower, make phone calls, and sending emails. And as of May the sixth, T block, which is the honor block, has been locked down and considered the new - another hot zone and that's the honor block. And 90% of the prisoners on there are elderly in their 60s, 70s, and 80s; most of them have 30, 40, 50 years in and have preexisting conditions.

And it's a scary thing because we been sitting in the cells for the past three months. We don't have too much. We don't have contact with anybody. We don't have contact visits. We don't go to kitchen, don't go to gym, don't go to yard. So the question is, how is this coming in to affect the guys on the honor block or any other block when we're not going anywhere to bring it in? We're not in contact with nobody but staff. So obviously, there's no testing going on because there's people walking around with this virus and probably don't even know they got it. And that's why I keep wondering why there's no testing in here like Montgomery County did. Montgomery County didn't know that they had such a high degree of positive cases before they started taking tests.

They was just taking temperature and people was passing that. So it's getting more scary, like right before we got locked down, we were talking with the state representative Dawkins about the aging out bill, and the relevancy of the aging out bill is strong because we are the most vulnerable for this disease. Before this virus came, we was an invisible class. Now, you can see us, because we the ones that this virus is going to be knocking off.

Dennis McKeithan, SCI Phoenix.