Infrastructure Nightmares


Introduction to this Topic by the Editor

I need to give you a little background on Perryville so this will be more understandable. This prison was built in the early 1970’s by male inmates, for male inmates. The women didn’t come here until about 1990. AS in all government, the cheapest bid got the job. By all reports, this prison was raised fast, and I suspect, with the minimum of supervision of the builder/inmates. These are eye witness reports from the current women residents.

Explaining the Shower Picture


This is an accurate sketch of a real shower in “B” yard, Santa Cruz unit. Do you see the loose wires hanging in the lower door jamb? I was told they were “live” because this shower light is still on. I won’t test this theory! I’ve tried to portray all the standing water in front of those wires. All the shower units have standing water because the drains are all plugged.

Standing water = black mold we see everywhere

When inmates complained about the condition of this shower, they just took off the door and left it open. In the shower next to this one (not pictured) is the same filth.

The regulators (hot and cold) will not engage so moving the handle from Hot to Cold does nothing. The temperature the DOC sets is what you get. In the winter the water is cold and in the summer, it’s hot. The water pressure would increase dramatically if they would soak the shower heads in Lime-aWay to remove 50 years of accumulated minerals.

New A/C for Staff – No Shower Rehab for Inmates

New A/C for Staff – No Shower Rehab for Inmates

Dateline Santa Maria – Townhall 9-11-19: Repair of the primitive and mold-infested, third-world showers the women have to use will be on hold until after new air-conditioning units are installed for the comfort of the staff.

The regulator valves that control hot-cold water are all shot. The maintenance man sets the temperature and that’s what you get. A woman NEVER goes barefoot in the shower because of slippery slime mold on the floor, peeling plaster, and crumbling concrete everywhere. Sometimes doors close and sometimes they don’t. Shower curtains look like swiss cheese or are shredded. Capt. Darby was quoted as saying “Shower curtains are out-of-stock.”

No wonder women feel stripped of their dignity.

Here are other stories about the shower conditions:

Perryville, 1st to Pilot New Computer System

Perryville, 1st to Pilot New Computer System

Maria Polletta of the “Arizona Republic” recently wrote an article titled “System used to track prisoners nearing “catastrophic” failure.” The article explains why inmate release dates are incorrect, pharmacy medications don’t follow inmates when they transfer to new locations, and a whole host of other problems.

I used to joke when I first got to Perryville (2010) that the prison’s computers are so fouled up that they might as well still be running DOS! EEK – I was right!

You can read the article here if you are a subscriber:

Inmates: “Anything Goes on Lumley”

Inmates: “Anything Goes on Lumley”

Dateline Lumley Unit: Numerous women wrote in with very similar stories about Lumley’s lawless behavior. Residents complain about out-of-control smoking; in line to the store, to the chow hall, in the chow hall, on the runs, in the rooms – everywhere! They say there is “no such thing as a non-smoking area.”

Rampant illegal tattooing is taking place while the guards look away. On 9-5-19 Lumley had a “shake” (inspection) and before they were through the first wing, the supervisors had a notebook full of 27 names of people with new tattoos, and a box full of colored inks and tattoo paraphernalia. We don’t know how much they found by the end of the shake.

One inmate recently transferred out of an “overflow room” on “A” yard. She describes a room with no bunk, one dirty mattress on the floor, used tampons and filth littering the area, and an overflowing busted toilet. These rooms are obviously not cleaned between occupants.

Sounds like the Deputy Warden needs to “clean up” this unit in more ways than one!

Let Them Burn!

We posted an article a few months ago about women prisoners being locked in fire traps. You can read it by clicking here. We have been investigating fire safety in Perryville since then and what we find is shocking! There are no fire alarms in many of the buildings,...

Perryville Overcrowded – No More Beds!

UPDATE While the overcrowding crisis has not significantly abated, vans are no longer being turned away. However, intake cells are housing more women than they are designed for. A 1-person cell is housing 2 women, both of whom sleep on mattresses on the floor. A...

No Underwear for Women

UPDATE At intake, women are now being issued one pair of USED underwear, one blanket (I supposed they swapped one of the blankets for the underwear since its Summer and there is no cooling ), one toothbrush, a half a bar of soap, and a towel when entering prison. No...

Women Locked in Fire Traps!

Why is it that the media is only concerned that the men will be locked up for 8 months without a working key system? We women have 72 cells (144 women) on Santa Cruz that have to be individually keyed out because there are no spare parts to fix the locks. This has...

I think the floor is about to cave in – by S.S.

On Santa Cruz, 16 yard, upper "B" pod, the shower floor moves under our feet! This is the same area that water constantly runs from the top floor, through the cement onto the floor below. The steel girders are rusted out, debris is falling to the ground in chunks. We...

Gutted Kitchens

Original plans called for one kitchen per yard, about 192 inmates. Around 2009 the prison population reached critical mass. Two kitchens per unit ( on a 4-yard unit) were gutted so they could move in bunk beds and stack human beings like cord wood. This left only two...


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