Back Broken: No Adequate Medical Help at Kern Valley State Prison

Please share this letter, in hopes his voice will be heard and someone helps him and contacts him, he needs help and is in intense pain with being denied proper medical treatment by CDCR, he needs proper tests and surgery asap and CDCR is denying all pain meds or anything that will help him walk, his address is below.

Dearest Kendra,                                                                                                        6/25/2012

Hi how are you doing? I’m sorry I have not responded back to your last letter but the reason for that is because I suffered a misfortune, I broke my back on 4-6-2012. And till this day, I have not been getting adequate medical treatment. I am currently under excruciating pain and am wearing this cardio vascular vest since April 20th 2012. 

Here are the facts of my misfortune, on April 6th 2012 while on the yard playing spores I went for the ball and three bodies landed on my back while I was pinned semi bent, I held their weight for a quick second but then I fell and my back broke in half. I was unable to get up at all and the correctional officers forced me to walk to medical or they told me that I was not going to get any medical treatment or seen I should say. 

So the other two inmates had to carry me to the yard clinic and laid me down on the bench and left. While there I explained to c/o’s and medical staff how my back felt while there was forced to get up and into shackles by c/o’s until the paramedics arrived.

Short thereafter  arrived in Delano Medical Regional Center where I was put in a room for hours until x-rays were performed on my back only to tell me that nothing was wrong with me, quoting from them “you only have back ‘spasms’.” I was like how are you going to tell me there’s nothing wrong when I’m telling you I cannot walk nor stand on my feet? I was kicked back on the yard with no pain medications, no walker, etc… 

On April 11, 2012, I was seen by the yard doctor and I explained to him that I couldn’t walk and that my back feels loose and that I’m in severe pain. He then examined my back and noticed it was swollen and had bumps so he ordered x-rays and so on. 

April 13 2012, I went and got x-rays. On April 17 2012, while in my cell I get called to the institutional hospital and as soon as I arrived the Doctor tells me that I have fractured vertebrae L-1 and a squished disc. I was sent to Bakersfield to be seen by specialist and was told I could end up paralyzed.

Look I’m sorry I may not make any sense but it’s a little difficult for me to focus, I been on my back for 2 months and some change now wearing this vest that does not help me at all, let alone this pain I have to go through 24/7 since having put this vest on. I have not received any pain medications nor a walker, etc… Although I have a (CDCR) Chrono for such. Look I don’t want to bored you with my problems but I wanted to ask you if by chance you know of any law firms that deal with suits, I’m unable to write and the appeals that I do submit are all being sent back to me and need legal & professional help.

As for the hunger strike at Corcoran (ASU), the warden (Warden Gipson) promised all these things on the petition but did not follow through on anything and yes, Christian Gomez died due to not eating. Sorry for this long delay hope to hear back from you, may you and your loved ones enjoy your day/night…


Juan Jaimes

CDC# V-08644

K.V.S.P., A-6-107

P.O. Box 5101

Delano, CA 93216

Written on 6/25/2012 to Kendra Castaneda, postmarked on 6/27/2012 and transcribed on 6/29/2012. Due to his handwriting very scratchy, it was difficult to make some words out.

Juan Jaimes was one of the main three petitioners for the Corcoran ASU hunger strike for better conditions that happened in December 2011/January 2012 who was transferred to Kern Valley State Prison by CDCR in hopes the strike broke up.