Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest JoAnn Erwin, on air from June 7th
JoAnn Ewin was an exemplary nurse working at Little Sandy Correctional, but one day she said no to a date with the warden and her life was sent upside down. Today nearly 8 years later she is still fighting for her wrongful dismissal and the justification of being blacklisted and persecuted.
Former Prison Nurse tells all in her memoir.
Sexual harassment, lies, and court cases that seem to never be brought to a closure.
Elliott County, Kentucky, 2022 JoAnn Erwin has released her first book, a memoir about her time as a prison nurse, for preorder. Her ongoing court case, because of her wrongful termination, is continually delayed. While waiting for the judge to make a final ruling, JoAnn is ready to tell her story to the public. Preorder will be available till June 30, 2022, when the eBook will be available for purchase. A paperback edition is planned to be released after June 30, 2022, as well.
Will justice prevail or will she be caught in the big man’s cluTS20-20 Sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal accountability of sweeping it all under the rug? She shares her story with us and prays that justice will prevail in June at her next court hearing.
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JoAnn set out to write her memoir to bring awareness to the corruption in the prison and court systems in the state of Kentucky. Her experiences are not exclusive to just her own story but have happened to others. What started as a hostile work environment where favoritism and sexual innuendos were prevalent turned into a wrongful termination when JoAnn refused to have a drink with the warden. After daring to stand up for the rights of inmates to receive doctor ordered medical care provisions and refusing the warden’s proposition for a date, JoAnn found herself declared a security risk. She was also blocked from holding any nursing position at any of Kentucky’s state prisons. Now, after several years of court, her case is still unresolved.
Sexual harassment, lies, cover-ups, mistreatment of staff and inmates. These wrongs have happened at one time or other in the thirteen Kentucky state prison facilities. Every attempt is made to keep things that happen behind these walls quiet. The public does not know what goes on in a state prison. I have experienced all the above and more during my employment at Little Sandy Correctional Complex. I am Jodie Erwin, and this is my experience as a prison nurse.
This memoir includes firsthand experiences inside of a Kentucky state prison. A must read for those considering going into the field of prison nursing. This memoir gives insight into nursing inside of a prison and the challenges that arise from being a caregiver for prisoners. With the constant pressure to both give adequate medical care and to do what is in the prison’s inner circles’ best interests, this book exposes the brokenness of the system and those who are in charge. Even working inside a prison
for a short time has emotional, mental, and physical consequences. With the added pressure of unchecked sexism and harassment, this memoir reveals the darker side of this type of work. Behind These Walls will be available for purchase in both eBook and paperback editions
JoAnn (Jodie) Erwin was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky. She is the oldest of six children. She worked as a factory worker in Morehead, Kentucky till she lost her job in 2002.
Seeking a more stable career she returned to college to pursue a nursing degree. Jodie was forty-seven years old when she went to nursing school. In December 2005, Jodie graduated from the LPN program and went to work at a nursing home. It was 2012 when she took a position at a prison and her life was set on its current course. She would face some of the darkest and most difficult times of her life. Turning to writing Jodie has started a journey of healing by sharing her memories of being a prison LPN with her readers.
THIS JUDGE DISMISSED THE CASE 2 DAYS BEFORE THE COURT DATE AND DID NOT GIVE JO ANN HER DAY IN COURT.
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