As if years in prison and time away from family weren’t difficult enough for imprisoned reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, their children claim the two are now subjected to “inhumane” circumstances at their different institutions.
“It’s a nightmare, it’s awful,” daughter Savannah Chrisley said in the latest episode of her “Unlocked” podcast.
Savannah, 25, and Chase, 27, siblings and “Chrisley Knows Best” co-stars, gave listeners an update on their parents’ stint in prison on Tuesday.
In June 2022, Todd and Julie were convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud. The husband and wife began their prison sentences in January at Florida’s Federal Prison Camp Pensacola and Kentucky’s Federal Medical Center in Lexington, respectively.
Chase claimed that he had saw his father (who is serving a 12-year term) and that his parents “don’t have any air.”
“No air-conditioning. … They’re both in states where it gets 100-plus degrees and there’s not air-conditioning,” he said. Like a number of other states, Florida and Kentucky are facing rising temperatures with the summer heat.
Savannah added her two cents, alleging that her mother (who is serving a seven-year sentence) has “rattlesnakes just casually slithering on the floor in front of her.” Chase corrected his sister, stating that the purported animals in their mother’s area were not rattlesnakes, but rather another type of dangerous snake. Savannah also stated that both of her parents’ separate residences have black mold, asbestos, and lead-based paint.
“It’s not ‘Fear Factor,'” Chase clarified. Savannah Chrisley says incarceration is ‘certainly harder’ on her mother. ‘She’s trying,’ says Julie. “I mean, Chase, it is prison so we’re not going to sit here and act like it should be the Four Seasons,” Savannah added. “It’s prison, so people don’t have any sympathy for it.”
The siblings further said that when a Bureau of Prisons director comes to evaluate the federal institutions, the severe circumstances are concealed. Savannah said that inspections are announced in advance to the inmates.
Here is a tweet about Todd Chrisley getting 12 years in prison.
Todd Chrisley gets 12 years in prison and his wife Julie gets 7 years after they were convicted of fraud and tax crimes. https://t.co/tiNymewxHl
— CNN (@CNN) November 22, 2022
A Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman declined to comment on any “anecdotal allegations” or specific detainees, but stated that its facilities adhere to Environmental Protection Agency and other official rules. According to him, all “adults in custody” have unlimited access to drinking water, and ventilation is regulated.
“We can assure you that all AICs have unlimited access to drinking water, and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is monitoring ventilation at the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) Pensacola and the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Lexington, as one of our highest priorities is the safety of BOP employees and AICs,” the representative wrote in an email.
“Every BOP facility, including FPC Pensacola and FMC Lexington, has contingency plans in place to address a wide range of concerns or incidents, including ventilation temperatures, and is fully equipped and prepared to put these plans into action as needed.”
Despite the claimed conditions, Savannah and Chase — who just called off his engagement to fiancée Emmy Medders — maintained an optimistic attitude, telling listeners their parents are “doing fine with what they’re given.”
“The truth is that they are in inhumane conditions, but… they’re keeping their sanity and putting one foot in front of the other,” Savannah explained. “So they’re not going away.” “There is no admittance of guilt.”
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Later in the program, Savannah indicated that she plans to write a letter to “all U.S. senators” about her family’s traumatic legal experience.
“Our case, trial, and interactions with the Justice Department were riddled with errors and inconsistencies.” “The blindfolds of justice that were supposed to protect were allowed to be lifted at every turn,” Savannah read. “Instead of facts being presented as the basis for the prosecution, our family name was highlighted in an attempt to arouse and alarm the jury.”
Savannah has been candid about her displeasure with the federal judicial system and how her parents’ imprisonment has affected her life for months. However, she is not the only Chrisley who has spoken up. Todd’s mother, Faye, stated in June that she has been “in a real dark place” trying to keep up with the family while her son is serving his sentence.
“I know that there [is] going to be light at the end of the tunnel,” she said on granddaughter Lindsie Chrisley’s “The Southern Tea” podcast. “We’re going to come out bigger and better because what [Todd and Julie] were accused of is wrong.” Stay tuned The Current Online for more updates.