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Action News 5 Special Report: Sincerely, Kathryn Bowers

More than a month has passed since former Tennessee state senator Kathryn Bowers checked in to a federal prison camp in Illinois, and we've learned things are not going well for the 65-year-old.

After Action News 5's Janice Broach recently wrote to Bowers asking for an interview, Bowers responded by writing a letter.

Bowers, an inmate at the federal prison camp in Greenville, Illinois, now lives more than 300 miles away from her former senate district, where she pleaded guilty last year to accepting bribes for political favors.

In the letter, Bowers said she's paying for her mistakes behind bars.

"My health is not the best," she wrote. "I am still having problems with my heart, high blood pressure (and) failing eye sight. Plus I have contracted a serious digestive problem since arriving here."

Bowers writes that she's had an upset stomach for days, and "I have had a rash that the doctor wanted to give me medication that would cause my blood pressure to rise."

Bowers believes her health problems and those of her fellow inmates are a result of the drinking water at the prison camp.

"Several people are presently having urine tract infections," she wrote. "I have discussed this with representatives here about the possibility of the water being contaminated, realizing the sewage system for the city of Greenville is next to this camp site."

Officials at the federal prison in Greenville tell Action News 5 the city runs their water system, and there have been no complaints from prisoners.  City officials said they regularly check their water, and send samples to the EPA annually.  They, too, have had no complaints.

Bowers said she did not want to do an interview at the prison, because she wants people to remember her for the way she was.

But, she wrote, "I am more than happy to give ONLY YOU an exclusive interview if I return home."

Bowers closed her letter by saying , "I would appreciate it very much if you would tell my family, friends, and constituency, I am hanging on and staying prayerful that the LORD will bring me through these dark days."

If you would like to write to Kathryn Bowers, you can do so at the following address:

Kathryn Bowers #17454075
P.O. Box 6000
Greenville, IL  62246

Click here to send an email to Janice Broach.

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