JAIL CONDITIONS - SIZO 5
TREVOR HAS BEEN HELD IN PRE-TRIAL DETENTION CENTER SIZO-5 SINCE AUGUST 19, 2019.
Trevor states that he has been treated fairly during his incarceration at Sizo-5. Trevor shares a small room with five other detainees. There is a television with a Russian channel inside their room. Reportedly, this is one of the less crowded rooms. Prisoners are generally allowed one or two hours a day to exercise. Usually, this consists of going to a similar small room on the top floor of the jail. The room has a cover, but no roof and is open air. The prisoners are allowed to walk in a circle inside this small room. Trevor is allowed to communicate through the prison email system, but all communications in and out must be written in Russian and are censored. During his six months in Sizo-5, he received one book in English after it was held for three months. A Russian/English dictionary was delivered to the jail through the jail bookstore website in October of 2019. Trevor has never received this book which would help him with writing letters in Russian. He was finally allowed to receive two Russian language educational books in January.
Trevor’s father traveled to Moscow and rented an apartment for four months to confer with their legal defense team and U.S. Embassy personnel. The residence was also intended to provide housing for Trevor should he be awarded bail or house arrest.
Trevor’s father was allowed to visit him four times in four months. The standard number of prison visits is supposed to be twice a month, but the Investigator’s office that provides authorizations continually tried to leverage visits in return for Trevor signing documents that would shorten his time to prepare a defense. At one point, his father was not allowed to visit him for nine weeks. On another occasion, the Embassy was also refused permission to visit Trevor at which time they made another complaint which resulted in a visit for ACS staff and Trevor’s father.
On days when Trevor must attend court hearings, he is transported to the courts in a small box truck. When he arrives at the court, he is placed in a holding cell that can sometimes be the size of a phone booth. His back hurts because he must reposition from sitting on the floor with his knees against his chest to standing every few minutes. He may be in a small cell like this for much of the day until he is called to the court.