Our Stories

The stories of George W. Hill Correctional Facility’s residents, family members, and staff, are stories of pain, mental illness, hopelessness, and fear. We ask you to bear witness.

Susanne and Janene

Susanne Wallace’s daughter Janene died by suicide at George W. Hill Correctional Facility on May 26, 2015 after spending 52 days locked in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day while being held on a probation violation.

Hear Susanne’s grief, anger, sadness, and determination as she shares Janene’s story.

“Does anyone even know or care about the daily activities within the walls, and how human lives are treated?”


Joseph and Jonathan

Joseph German shares the story of his son Jonathan, who has spent time incarcerated in George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

Hear Joseph's powerful testimony as he explains the prison's impact on his son, himself, and his family.


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FRANK

Frank is a Corrections Officer at George W. Hill who has agreed to share his wealth of knowledge about the facility, including his experiences with the poor treatment of inmates, lack of basic support for staff, inadequate training, dirty and unsafe conditions, and more.


Shonette

Shonette shares her unique perspective as both a former staff member at George W. Hill and also a resident at the correctional facility. From contraband to inmate assault, Shonette makes it clear that there was nothing fair and nothing caring about how inmates were treated there.

 

Zoey and Tyler

"Things are worse now than they ever were for inmates there.” Zoey tells us about watching in fear, helplessness, and frustration as her fiancé Tyler has dealt with lockdowns, violence, and lack of psychiatric care during multiple stays at George W. Hill.

 

Erin

"Most guards treated us as less than human.” Imagine detoxing from opioids with little to no medical support. Or witnessing violence against a disabled prisoner who can’t defend herself. Erin shares her experience at George W. Hill, and the compassion and dignity that were nowhere to be found.

 

stephen

Stephen’s story is the story of a man fighting to be heard, and fighting to make change for others after his own distressing experience at George W. Hill Correctional Facility. The lack of support, lack of information, and complete lack of help from staff during his stay left a painful scar.

 

Carl

Carl opens up about his 10 stays at the George W. Hill Correctional facility. From difficulty seeing counselors to lack of educational programs, Carl languished with pervasive feelings of helplessness, guilt and shame during his time at the privately managed prison.

Gina and Matthew

Gina shares the story of her son Matthew, his mental health difficulties, and his experiences at George W. Hill. She explains her difficulties advocating for Matthew’s care, and even simply visiting him at the facility - “They treat you like you're a criminal, just because you're visiting someone there.”

 

BRIAN

We’re just numbers to them.” Brian speaks without anger or bitterness despite numerous negative and humiliating experiences during his stays at George W. Hill, where he fought an uphill battle to improve himself and his situation while just getting through each day.