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From a mother with a son in jail

January 8, 2019

I am a mother with a son in Bannock County Jail. He is losing his eyesight because the various legal entities are not coordinating the efforts needed for him to get the health care he desperately needs. For the past 5 months, Alameda Eye Center have been willing to give him appointments over and over. Alameda Vision will be able to fit him with a specialized contact lens for his right eye. This procedure will change his vision from 20-400 to 20-40. Idaho Eye Center will remove the large cataract on his left eye. He will be able to see and do daily things which we take for granted. He will also be and feel safer.

Over the last 5 months, he and I have repeatedly provided all his medical records and eye appointments that has been requested from the Judge, public defender, and BCJ medical staff. It appears that public defender and BCJ keep passing the buck. I’m at a loss at where to turn for help to get pass this brick wall of confusion and get my help for my son. He is virtually blind and help is waiting for him at Alameda Vision and Idaho Eye Center. I am unable to get him transported or a furlough to get to these appointments.

I am writing this letter in hopes that you publish it so others can read this and help find a solution. This is a mother’s cry for help. I am sure that there are others who have been through this kind of tiresome, frustrating, and aggravating situation and can relate. Thank you for your help and time.

Diana Tucker,

Pocatello

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