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The D.O.C. has a new health care contractor, Centurion, who took over from Corizon on July 1, 2019. However, Centurion has faced similar accusations of inadequate health care arocc the country.  See what our women endure in “Health Horror Stories.”

Under our heading “Prison Food” we spotlight for-profit food companies like Keefe/Trinity, contracted by AZ DOC. Anything an inmate eats comes from this company. This monopoly victimizes not only the prisoners, but it’s a multi-billion dollar industry aimed at enriching their profits by bilking the inmates’ families.

We added a page on “Censorship” in this prison because there’s a war on the written word. Prison officials and their lawyers can find some way magazines and books might have an obscure effect on prison order and efficiency. I personally had a book censored because it showed an 1863 map of slaves’ underground railway on the East coast. The reason? The censor form said “escape routes from AZ .”

The “Smoking” page focuses on Arizona’s shocking disregard for the Supreme Court’s decision that calls second-hand smoke a “violation of the 8th Amendment for cruel and unusual punishment.” Imagine, if you will, a non-smoking prisoner locked in an 8′ x 15′ cell with no windows, subjected to smoke from 3 adjoining cells that share the same ventilation system. That is a gas chamber from which there is no escape

I’m sure there are some out there who think inmates should be punished every day for their crimes. Are you the sum total of your worst moment? Should they pay with their lives? I saw a chart in the paper that shows women in Perryville have a mental illness rate of 82%. I’ve talked to these women for a decade now, and almost all have been subjected to severe mental and physical abuse. The majority of ladies have committed non-violent crimes. Arizona sentences a lot of them to “flat-time,” which means no time off for good behavior – period! Arizona is one of the worst in the nation for recidivism. Arizona is a prison state that makes its money off taxpayers, inmates, and their families. Hopefully, this website will convince you to support prison reform

Only 1 Bill out of 17!

As reported by Molly Gill, Vice President of Policy, FAMM “The Arizona legislative session has ended and bills have been signed, and here’s what you need to know.

Lawmakers introduced 17 criminal justice reform bills this session, but only two made it to the governor’s desk for signing — and ultimately only one was signed.

Gov. Ducey signed SB 1310, which will reduce the time-served requirements for marijuana possession offenders who complete drug treatment programs. Unfortunately, Gov. Ducey vetoed SB 1334, a modest bill that would have ensured that some first-time offenders aren’t sentenced like repeat offenders.

I’m disappointed to see so few criminal justice reform bills gett he committee hearings and votes they deserve, and that Gov. Ducey vetoed a bill that was reasonable and necessary for the state.”

Tobacco Ban in 2020!

This website has out-scooped all other media outlets with this story.

A law firm has told us that they are gearing up for a class-action lawsuit to rid the AZ prison system of all tobacco products! This is great news for all lungs in the prison system. Maybe not so wonderful for the D.O.C. There are rumors that the AZDOC is worried about three things:

  1. How will the men prisoners react? When other countries and states did it, the men rioted and caused damage to the prison. (But they got over it.)
  2. The money the prison makes off the sale of tobacco will “go up in smoke.”
  3. There is already a critical shortage of officers, and 80% smoke or vape – will they quit?

Stay tuned!

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Tent City coming back? 32 women to one bathroom?

Tent City coming back? 32 women to one bathroom?

We received a letter from two inmates who saw and spoke to Sgt. deLeon on 12-24-19. The Sgt was inspecting the old shack that held the bathroom facilities for the tents erected on the Santa Maria unit around 2002-2005. When the two women asked if tent city was coming...

Keefe Employee Ignores Smoking Policy

Keefe Employee Ignores Smoking Policy

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No Feminine Hygiene Products!

No Feminine Hygiene Products!

Update 1/6/2020: Due to media pressure the DOC has given the ladies toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. Back to normal Update as of 12/30/19: Sign posted on the office NO TP NO TAMPONSNO PADS Women report that when they are given a roll of toilet paper, the...

Women on Santa Maria without toilet paper

Women on Santa Maria without toilet paper

Reported from staff members and inmate families: Deputy Warden Pitz sent back cases of toilet paper meant for 384 woman inmates. They have been without toilet paper for weeks. When a new shipment comes in D.W. Pitz will only allow one roll per week for these...

Court: Stop Censoring Inmates’ Reading Material!

Court: Stop Censoring Inmates’ Reading Material!

On November 13, 2019, Lauren Castle wrote this article for the Arizona Republic" "Arizona prisons are over-censoring inmates' reading materials, judge rules Mail clerks in Arizona prisons violated the rights of inmates by blocking access to what they deemed as...

Women Suffer From Hazardous Vapors

Women Suffer From Hazardous Vapors

Dateline Santa Maria: On October 22, 2019, between the hours of 9:30 and noon women residents on "B" yard, cells in block #2 (2105 to 21-12 and 22-10 to 22-12) were subjected to Natural Sealant 104 fumes. As workers were applying a roof coating, women noticed a harsh...

A Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence

Recently, Perryville Santa Cruz Unit suffered a tragedy. A young woman chose to end her life. Although the circumstances of her pain will never fully be known, we appreciate the special COII officers who took the time to counsel with her as often as they could. We...

Affirmation

We believe that God is present in the darkness before dawn In the waiting and uncertainty Where fear and courage join hands, Conflict and caring link arms, And the sun rises over barbed wire. We believe that God is with us; A God who sits down in out midst to share our humanity. We affirm a faith that takes us beyond the safe place Into action, into vulnerability, and into the street.
We commit ourselves to work for change And put ourselves on the line, To bear responsibility, take risks, Live powerfully and face humiliation; To stand with those on the edge, To choose life, and to be used by the Spirit For God’s new community of hope.

7 Comments

  1. Melissa Gomez

    They left me on my period for 3 years and while waiting for surgery… I caught another case and had to get a court order for hysterectomy because doc didn’t want to pay for it… now my son in Florence is sick for 4 months and lost 40lbs and still no tests… god help all the Arizona inmates.. Charles Ryan and the medical contractor need to go

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  2. F

    These stories are heartbreaking. I came across this site per chance, never knowing it existed. I suspect most people have no clue it’s here, or that the treatment of inmates at Perryville is so inhumane. You should try to bring this site to the attention of E.J. Montini or someone at the Arizona Republic or better yet, New Times. Good luck.

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  3. Carla M Jerrel

    How much is the not enough “Insulin Related to the commissary you get every week?

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  4. A concerned citizen

    Please keep this website going. People on the outside need to be made aware of what is going on instead of things continuing to be covered up and lied about. There are things called “civil rights” and “humanity” and “love for fellow humans” that need to be addressed. It’s not happening in there. Why should people come out of a situation like that changed when they are treated like this? This will only teach people to become angry, and then when you can’t get a meaningful job when you get out of prison because you have a record for whatever may have happened, you will be right back in there. We can do so much better as a state and as human beings. Keep these stories coming and we will keep distributing them to the world. It is the only way to make change. Let these women know that we really do care about them, all of them. I will ask all of my friends to distribute this website all over the country. How can we help? Let us know.

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  5. S B

    I happened upon this website after a story on the news about Perryville. Unfortunately I have spent some time there as an inmate. Some of these stories shock me and some I have witnessed first hand.
    I was put in the Behavior unit for a 8 days because I got lice from more than likely my intake cell at Lumley. A cell that is NEVER cleaned thoroughly between inmates arrival and departure!!! NEVER in my life have I had lice before. Upon arriving at the Behavior unit I was given a lice shampoo and a little tiny comb. However I was NOT offered a shower to use this shampoo nor was I given the follow up shampoo that is supposed to kill the eggs. I had to wash my mid back length hair in the sink and used the comb provided with the lice shampoo to “comb” the lice out. Of course the prongs broke on the comb almost immediately. I wasn’t given another one. Three days after arriving in the CTU unit I was allowed to shower. I was shackled and cuffed as I was escorted to and from the shower. I came from a low risk yard and for time in CTU was treated worse than the person in the concrete cell next to me who was apparently in the behavior unit because she got into a fight with 3 people on her yard. Only after I shaved my head and begged for a nurse to check me for lice was I allowed to leave this unit and went back to the low risk yard I came from. The cells in the CTU are all concrete as are most individual cells. I was in this unit in late June. The west facing wall was so hot I couldn’t even touch it for pretty much most of the day. There is NO air conditioning and getting cold water from your sink is NOT going to happen. When I went back to the yard I came from I had to wait 2 days to get my things back to include my clothes which I had to wash immediately just in case they had lice on them. It was the most horrifying experience I have ever had. To say I was treated poorly is in understatement. If I hadn’t have begged and cried to keep my Bible with me I would have lost my mind I have absolutely no doubt. I realize there is a need to separate an inmate with something like lice but to be treated like that is absolutely inhumane!!!

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  6. Concerned is a understatement

    My friend c . Cannon was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in Perryville I looked at her Facebook a lot over the last 3 years and I just now came across this website. I too have been to jail not prison but when I went on her page today and actually took the time to re search this place I came across this website. Hot boxes? No AC? Women sentenced to 8 years with no record? No gloves? Nor do you get any medical attention until it it’s too late? I get it Iv been to jails but THIS!? This has to be against some type of law legal or a huge legal issue here? Please hang in there take deep breathes in threw your nose out threw your mouth and keep telling your story!! They can try and tell your story for you but you just take it and tell it LOUDER girls! With love D.P

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  7. Sue Jones

    I could write a book about the current problems within the walls of Perryville but I’m busy writing a book about Estrella first! Change needs to happen.

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