Health Horror Stories

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Judge Silver to AZDOC: “See you in court!”

Judge Silver to AZDOC: “See you in court!”

Federal Judge Roslyn Silver has finally lost patience with the DOC. She’s taking them to trial over their continued non-compliance with Parson v. Ryan, a class action suit started in 2012.

If the DOC can’t defend their decision to turn over the health care of inmates to a for-profit contractor, they will be in receivership, and that will end substandard health care for inmates.

Judge Silver says it best, “The state’s failures have led to preventable deaths, suicides, and untold suffering by inmates unable to obtain medical treatment. The dead are not advantaged by repeated promises of better behavior in the future, nor are they able to gain from monetary rewards. It is impossible to quantify the harm suffered by prisoners because of inadequate health care.”

10 Ambulances in 24 Hours at Peaville!

10 Ambulances in 24 Hours at Peaville!

We’ve had multiple reports from families and staff, about the brutal heat emergencies in the women’s prison. A staff member at Lumley Unit said three 911 calls were issued in two hours!

A woman allegedly broke her ankle on one of the yards, trying to fix swamp coolers. She couldn’t get down the ladder again, so two fire trucks were called to perform an emergency extraction. Answering the call on that emergency was a 26-year-old guard. After helping with that ordeal, he staggered back to his post and collapsed.

The 3d ambulance was for a young lady on A-yard that went to the hospital.

Remember readers, only three units in Perryville have air conditioning, all the rest have ‘swamp coolers’ which are not designed to work over 104 degrees or humid (monsoon) conditions.

Cruel and unusual punishment indeed!

More Older Women and Longer Sentences – AZDOC winning the wrong competitions

More Older Women and Longer Sentences – AZDOC winning the wrong competitions

Women in AZ spend far longer in prison than women nationally. These additional months and years are not making Arizona safer. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that longer sentences do not make people less likely to commit a crime in the future. Recidivism is even worse because Arizona does not rehabilitate, it warehouses for profit. Longer sentences mean more money in the pockets of the powerful.

Women older than 55 admitted to Perryville increased 141% in 2020. Much of this accelerated growth among older women can be attributed to incarceration for drug crimes. Old women are far more likely to be sent to prison for drug possession than younger women! With the notoriously horrible health care in prison, this can be a death sentence.

RATS taking over Perryville!

RATS taking over Perryville!

We posted a story on Sept 26th about rats at complex kitchen, but since then people have reported severe rat infestations at all units. An eyewitness at SANTA CRUZ files this story. "The rats started invading the grounds near the V gate a few months ago. This rapidly...

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A 10-minute stroll through San Carlos

A 10-minute stroll through San Carlos

"I am an outside worker on Perryville. I casually watch this website, but this is the first time I have contributed. At around 9 am, I walked from Admin to the Medical office, this is what I observed. The Keefe workers in the store, serving customers, DID NOT HAVE...

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A Eulogy to Tracy Qutero, rest in peace

A Eulogy to Tracy Qutero, rest in peace

We have received several emails and tear-stained handwritten letters about the inmate who died on Tuesday on Santa Cruz. We let her friends speak. " Tracy was one of my best friends. She had been in a car accident prior to coming to Perryville, and was in a lot of...

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Mental Health Crisis in Perryville

Mental Health Crisis in Perryville

We have unfortunately learned of another suicide on Santa Cruz yesterday. Visits are the life blood of every inmate, and being cut off from the warm embrace of family is heartbreaking. The DOC resists every effort by mental health professionals to install more therapy...

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Snippets Overheard

Snippets Overheard

Nurse Tony said to nurse Pennington, "Well, we better hurry with pill call or we'll be on that Perryville women blog!". Yes, ladies, my ears are everywhere:-)-----------------------------Lumley emptied out 2 wings in closed custody, to accommodate COVID inmates at...

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Shortcuts in Medical?

Shortcuts in Medical?

Getting needed medication when you're in prison isn't an easy process at the best of times. You have to report to pill call at a specific time. You line up with everyone else needing to get their meds, standing outside in the weather. Rain? Stand in line. Heat? Stand...

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1 Comment

  1. Cynthia

    I was in prison for 17years and have seen so many people die in front of me It’s traumatic and I have PTSD from it. Medical never helped me for my heart problems, never took tests, just told me I have congested heart failure and didn’t do anything for me. I saw it every day. They never helped us, made us always feel like we were lying and would send us away. Making people work in the kitchen who have scoliosis, heart problems, people who have AIDS and Hep C as well as other STDs. There’s rat poop on our kitchen food, birds all over our trays that we eat off of making us all even sicker, black mold everywhere. We can’t breathe in our cells due to all the mold and crud in our walls, vents, and coolers. They are trying to kill us – they don’t care and the money they get for us does not go to us. There is so much more.

    I’ve been sexually attacked by the CO police officers twice. I have my whole life to account for in there and I’m surprised I made it out after 17years. They have medium inmates on max yards getting assaulted and they don’t care. They say it is due to no room. They also send you to max yard as punishment without ever getting tickets. It’s all retaliation. They will ruin your life if you don’t do what they want. They make up lies, yep the sergeants, if you refuse to work because you don’t feel good. I heard a Sergeant say “Oh you’re going to hurt yourself” then cuff her up and put her in isolation when the girl never said it. I’ve seen it all, believe that.

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