More complaints from Cell 306

More inmates complain about living conditions inside the old Faulkner county jail. (Photo courtesy: Faulkner County Sheriffs Dept)

We shared the concerns of one inmate at the old Faulkner County jail last week and since then we have heard more complaints.

Three more inmates have contacted Seven On Your Side. Their concerns, which include overcrowding, mirror what we heard last week.

A state inspection that took place in November first found some issues with the jail on Locust Street, which is more than 25 years old. Leaks in the roof, plumbing issues, condensation and moisture problems were reported. A mold specialist checked things out a year-and-a-half ago and found no serious issues.

Several inmates believe a new assessment is necessary. All of them are in cell 306.

After last week's story, inmate Torry Miller said, "They came in and told us things was fixing to get tough due to someone talking to the outside world about the neglect and ways we are being mistreated. They retaliated against us by tearing our cell apart the next day."

Inmate Robert Waddle said there's black mold growing on the walls and in the vents.

"I have developed a severe breathing problem due to this because I have to sleep right under it," he said. "I have been coughing up blood."

Inmate Jake Smith pleaded for help.

"I am living in fear and our problems are being neglected and covered up ... and I am afraid that some retaliation is still yet to come," he said.

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals turned down our request to take a look inside the jail last week. But on Thursday, Ryals said he will let us in for a look -- including a look at cell 306.

Because of security considerations, Ryals said our cameras will not be allowed inside the jail.

Air date: Jan. 30, 2019

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