A video posted on Instagram in which a prison inmate discusses jail inmates’ struggles with the prison’s medical department was deleted Tuesday.
The post, titled “What to expect when you’re a prisoner in the jail,” prompted a flurry of criticism on social media.
The video, which has since been deleted, was posted to the Instagram account of a prison employee named Shonita Trews.
It was first reported by The Daily Beast.
“You don’t have to know what’s happening inside the jail to understand how it’s a living hell for everyone involved,” a prison official said in a video posted to Instagram Tuesday.
“It’s not a normal life.”
Trew, a corrections officer at New York City’s John Jay Correctional Facility, told The Daily Star she was the only employee in the video that was not familiar with the jail’s medical director.
“I was just in there,” she said.
“When I went into the jail, I didn’t know anything about medical, nothing.
I was there just to make sure the doctors were doing their job.”
In the video, Trew says, “I feel like I’m in a nightmare.
I feel like it’s not normal for people to be in there.”
Told about the incident, Tresks said, “That was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had.”
She said she had not heard from Trew since her video was taken down.
“She did not know me and didn’t speak to me,” she told The Star.
“My entire relationship with this department is broken.
I have never been in a situation where I felt like this.
I’m still grieving.”
“They should have put the video out,” Tresk told The Associated Press.
“If the video is on Instagram, people can view it.
They shouldn’t have done that.”
The prison official told the AP that the prison had no knowledge of the incident and that she “has no reason to believe the video violates the terms of the company’s license.”
The corrections department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation for comment.
The official told The AP that Tresko’s post was not authorized under a state law that requires inmates to have written communication about medical care and rehabilitation.
The New York State Department of Corrections did not return a request seeking comment on the video’s removal.
Tressko is a former medical director at a facility in New York state that has long struggled with overcrowding and overcrowding in the jails.
“They’re not the best doctors, and they’re not doing a good job,” she recently told the New York Times.
“So I have been fighting for years to change this system.”
A prison employee told The New Yorker that inmates often don’t even have the ability to access medical care because their health care provider is out of town.
“We don’t see anyone coming in, and we don’t know who’s coming in,” the inmate said.
Prison officials are aware of the video and have taken action, including removing Treski from her position, the corrections official told AP.
Trew told The Sun newspaper that she would never have posted the video if she thought she was going to be fired.
“The fact that it was on social is a very sad thing, because it shows that there are people in jail who are really just sick and in need of medical attention,” she added.
“To have people in prison who are sick is a problem.”