A prison architect who designs and installs prison dormitories is telling inmates about the dangers of using prison showers to clean.
Theodore D. Fitch, a former prison warden and director of facilities and rehabilitation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told CBS News that prisoners should use showers that are not “too hot, not too cold, not overly loud or too little.”
He said they should also not use a shower that has a plastic or metal base.
“It is important to note that this shower is not intended for use in the shower facility.
It is intended to be used as a dormitory,” Fitch said.
“The water used to clean the water in this shower will then be placed in the waste basket.
It will then go into the dumpster where it will be disposed of.”
Dormitories are designed to hold approximately 80 prisoners, but Fitch says he has seen the number of inmates growing since the beginning of the federal government’s prison overhaul in 2002.
Fitch, who is retired and works as a senior vice president at the prison company W.W. Norton & Harcourt, says his experience in designing and installing the facilities shows how to design and install a prison shower.
“I think it’s important to remember that a shower is meant to be placed somewhere that is clean, safe and quiet,” Fitches told CBS affiliate KCAL.
“I think that is really the only way that the prison shower is going to function.
So, if we want to continue to put people in a very loud, hot, hot environment, then we are going to have to start looking at a different shower.
We have to be looking at more efficient ways to make that shower a safe and safe place to be.”
Fitch is now teaching inmates about showers.
The prison wreath is an inexpensive way to get the inmates out of their cells.
It has a simple design and is usually made from a plastic sheet or fiberglass, he said.
Fitches said prisoners are asked to come up with their own ideas on how to make their own wreaths.
He said inmates should also make their wreathes with materials that do not require disinfecting.
He said they can use toilet paper, but not soap or shampoo.
“They can make them in their kitchen, and they can make their shower wreath,” he said, referring to the shower rooms.
“That’s just what they are good at doing.
They’re really good at what they do.”
He also said that prisoners who are in the showers should be allowed to use their cell phones.
He added that prisoners need to be able to use the shower if they are allowed to shower.FITCH: I don’t think inmates should be able… to use a water gun in the bathroom.
They should be going to the bathroom or the shower.
There’s no reason that they can’t.
It should be a separate space.