Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is being held at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY .Seth
is moving into his late 60’s and is passing 41 years of incarceration on a 25 to life sentence being hit at the parole board 10 times for extra 16 yrs. Seth suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and frequent bouts of low blood sugar. Seth has been denied snacks by prison staff at family visits which has resulted in episodes of low blood sugar. He has documented these incidents and appealed to prison staff on multiple occasions with no response.
It is medically necessary that Seth have access to snacks and/or sugar tablets to treat his low blood sugars when they happen. Untreated hypoglycemia is dangerous and can lead to mental confusion, unconsciousness, and seizures. Seth has experienced several such incidents in the past decade. Seth needs to have appropriate treatment for hypoglycemia available at all times and a reevaluation of his insulin regimen.
It is crucially important that we pressure Sullivan Correctional Facility to provide appropriate medical treatment for Seth.
Please join our phone-call and letter/fax campaign on Thurs 12/4 and Fri 12/5! (talking points and sample letter below)
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1) On Thurs, Dec. 4th and Fri, Dec. 5th, please call and fax:
Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility at
Phone: (845) 434-2080 ext 6126 (can also try ext 6124 and ext 6117–these go to the nurse’s station) and Fax: 518-457-2115
Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at
Phone: 518-457-7073 and Fax: 518-457-2115
*Suggested talking points*
State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A- 2280
1) Mr.Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and frequent bouts of low blood sugar which can lead to mental confusion,
unconsciousness, and seizures;
2) Mr. Hayes needs to have appropriate treatment for hypoglycemia (appropriate snacks and/or glucose tablets) available at all times; and
3) Mr. Hayes needs a reevaluation and appropriate dosing change in his insulin regimen since hypoglycemic episodes have been recurrent.
Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116
Dear Dr. Sidorowicz,
I am writing this letter on behalf of Mr. Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A- 2280.
Mr. Hayes has poorly controlled diabetes and suffers from frequent bouts of hypoglycemia.
It is medically necessary that Mr. Hayes have access to snacks and/or sugar tablets to treat his low blood sugars when they happen. Untreated
hypoglycemia is dangerous and can lead to mental confusion, unconsciousness, and seizures.
Since Mr. Hayes has suffered from hypoglycemic episodes for so long, I understand that he has attempted to bring a snack to treat his low blood
sugar to family visits in the past and that on at least one occasion this snack was confiscated by CO Jarius. This action put Mr. Hayes at
significant risk. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible to assure that this incident is not repeated.
Mr. Hayes needs to have appropriate treatment (snacks and/or glucose tablets) for hypoglycemia available at all times. Mr. Hayes also requires a
reevaluation of his insulin regimen since he has frequent bouts of hypoglycemia.
I appreciate your prompt response to these medical concerns.
cc: Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050