My Good Friend Damon’s Sister is in Trouble, I’ve never met Alanna; but from what I know of her and her Family she is good people; and sometimes good people need help, please do what you can!
A few years ago, My sister Alanna became addicted to the painkiller oxycontin, which was prescribed to manage the pain resulting from a failed knee surgery. At one point, she was prescribed so much of it by a “pain management specialist” that the drug was inducing seizures. The addiction led to erratic behavior, and ultimately to criminal activity, for which she is now serving time at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. In her drug-addled state, she robbed several pharmacies, because even the outrageous amount of oxycontin she was taking legally was no longer enough to feed her addiction.
That addiction nearly killed her, and being arrested saved her life. For that, her friends and family, and Alanna herself, are forever grateful. And she’s doing absolutely everything right in prison, using the time to better herself in innumerable ways. She is entirely clean and sober now, and has focused her life on teaching. People who know her would be astonished at the interest she has taken in mathematics and philosophy. In many ways, being in prison has both matured and enriched her as a person.
But she is also facing hardships above and beyond the fact of her imprisonment. On December 6th, 2012, she fell while working in the kitchen, displacing her coccyx (tailbone), and cracking the S-4 vertebra. At the time, the kitchen did not use safety mats. She is in pain all the time now from soft-tissue displacement and scarring because she didn’t receive the standard medical care prescribed for her injury, and has filed the paperwork indicating her intention to sue.
Her expenses for legal representation, medical care which must be funded out of pocket, and even communication – prisoners are charged exhorbitantly for their phone calls, even when they’re calling their lawyers – are piling up. So far, I’ve shouldered the majority of these costs; I love my sister.
But a combination of job uncertainty for me and increased expenses for her has made her current situation challenging and precarious.
What you can do:
First and foremost, you can donate. All money I can raise, even if it’s just a few bucks, will go directly to defraying the costs of Alanna’s time in the prison system. It will fund:
- Calls – The all-important communication with the outside that keeps Alanna connected to her loved ones.
- Commissary – Her account for buying nutritious foods and other essentials that the prison system doesn’t deem “essential.”
- Legal – All expenses related to her legal defense and all other legal activity.
- Medical – Since the facility refuses to properly care for her, we have had to pay out-of-pocket for her medical care, when that care is even permitted.
Any funds that are left when she gets out will go directly to helping her with housing and job placement. She has about three years left on her sentence, which may seem like a long time, but will be gone in a flash. How much support and assistance she receives when she gets out is, statistically speaking, directly tied to how well she’ll do.
In addition to donating financially, you can give her your emotional support. I’ll pass along messages and photos for her, which helps her feel connected to the real world beyond the prison walls.
Alanna has a wide network of friends and loved ones. Let’s show her she is loved, and not forgotten.