OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A woman recently released from the Oklahoma County Detention Center is covered in large bed bug bites and claims she was denied water while in prison.
“I’ve been out since Monday and wear alcohol three times a day on my face, on everything on my body with the topical cream and steroids they gave me in the hospital,” Ashley Fox told KFOR while speaking with a News 4 crew showed large bed bug bites on her arms.
Her chest and face are also covered in bites she received in the Oklahoma County Jail earlier this week.
“Our cell had no working water in the sink. Every time I asked for something to drink I didn’t have a cup, every time I asked I was refused. They told me I shouldn’t have gone to jail. The door was slammed in my face, ”she said.
Fox said she spoke to Greg Williams, the prison administrator, after she left prison. He told her there were no bed bugs in her cell. She also claims that when she told him she was going to speak to News 4, he told her not to.
“He said there was already enough media coverage [and that] he tries to take care of everything. He’s newer, I guess, he’s only been here a year or so. He’s trying to fix the problems, he’s doing an investigation, but I just don’t feel like it is him, ”Fox said.
In a statement posted on News 4 on Wednesday, Williams said the following:
“The Jail Trust and all of our staff are committed to improving conditions in the prison, and we welcome reports of problems that need to be addressed.
We increased our pest control investment to $ 10,000 per month for the facility, including bed bugs. Start of work in August 2021, by the end of December we will have sprayed the entire system at least twice. The person who recently reported bed bugs to the media was housed on the 6th floor, which was treated on October 30, four days before she was sent to jail.
Immediately after receiving the complaint, the staff inspected the cell she was in and the cells around it. We found no evidence of bed bugs. The entire 6th floor was sprayed again as planned on November 10th. We will continue to respond carefully to this pressing issue, including using a warming shed to clean infected mattresses.
In addition, we provide basic needs such as water to all detainees. Two witnesses to the conversation have refuted claims that a former inmate was told not to speak to the media. We respect the right of detainees to freedom of expression.
The health and safety of inmates and staff remains our top priority.
The heat shed is just one of many other improvements the Jail Trust has made. The shed heats the mattresses to 130 degrees. The heat kills bed bugs, larvae, and eggs. We are very satisfied with the stable result. The entire process takes 90 minutes. Mattresses are cleaned before handing them over to new occupants (if not new ones). In addition to cleaning, we also have a standing order for 100-200 mattresses per month. We have bought more than 3,000 since our acquisition in July 2020. “
GREG WILLIAMS, OKLAHOMA COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
“We still have rights to water. We still have the right to shower and medical treatment, and every time I called the medical management, they too were rude. Basically, she was just telling me there was nothing she could do, ”Fox said.
Back in September, a district judge granted Oklahoma County’s District Attorney David Prater’s motion a grand jury investigation into how the prison is run by the Prison Trust, which took over operations in July 2020.
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