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.
via: GettyThe 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.
via: GettyThere 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.
via: GettyWhile 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...
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyBut 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.
via: YouTubeVICE 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...
via: ShutterstockAnd 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.
via: YouTubeWearing 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.
via: YouTubeHe 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.
via: YouTubeAnd 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."
via: YouTubeIt's a truly desperate and shocking situation.
The video is around twenty-minutes long.
via: YouTubeAnd 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."
via: YouTubeHe 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...
via: YouTubeWhich 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...
via: YouTubeAnd 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."