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.

Taliban Bendel Continues to Make Women’s Life Miserable

Taliban Bendel Continues to Make Women’s Life Miserable

We received so many emails and letters from Lumley Unit, we’re going to split it up into short, individual, stories.

#1. “I thought this new dude, Deputy Warden Bendel, would make his draconian rules temporary. Rules like being escorted everywhere by a staff member. It will be a year in April, and he hasn’t let up a bit. He cracks down harder and harder. About the only place you can travel unescorted is your own bathroom.”

#2. “I’ve been on every Unit in Perryville, and Lumley, run by Taliban, is the most oppressive Unit there is. This man is brutal in his attitude toward women. There is no Redemptive justice, only Punitive Justice, in his world.”

#3. “I’m worried about my roommate. When she gets anxious she hurts herself. We have been on Lumley for 4 months now, and I can see the razor marks on her arms. While we were on Cruz she had a good counselor and she stopped cutting herself. Here, there are no programs or recreation, so she dives inward into her dark space. She went to a mental health counselor here, and all they gave her was a coloring book. I’m afraid of what she’ll do when I leave the room.”

#4. “I feel totally stripped of any dignity I had before I transferred to Lumley. The atmosphere here is dark and oppressive. The women never smile, they go about their chores in a zombie-like countenance. The officers constantly gripe about their boss, (Bendel) and plot to get another job. Sometimes I think this place is cursed. The man they named this Unit for was stabbed to death by a male inmate. In 2009 a woman was roasted alive in the hot August heat till she died. No water, no shade. There have been many more deaths here than other units….it’s creepy.”

#5. ” I wrote the Governor that I want the lethal injection. Better dead than dying here every day.”

#6. “When was the last time I was told to walk in a single line? Kindergarten? Maybe. When Taliban Bendel tells you to march, you MARCH. No getting out of line ladies. March and escorted to chow, shopping, medical, ” recreation “, property, and all points north and south. And if you get out of line you have to go back to the yard and do it all over again. It gets pretty bad in 112-degree heat. We are done with our medical appointments after 45 minutes, but it can take 3 hours to get back to our rooms. We are so short-staffed that we can wait hours for an officer to march us back to our yard. We are treated like pond scum.”

#7. “I haven’t had any rec time since I got here a year ago. Not because I haven’t been offered. But I’m not a dog, and only dogs rec in kennels. Four ” kennel” cages for your recreational pleasure. I long to walk the track and play softball again on main yard, but alas, no. There’s only so much abuse a person can take.”

Quick summary of Jensen v. Shinn trial

Quick summary of Jensen v. Shinn trial

(For gavel to gavel coverage, see Jimmy Jenkins reporting for the Arizona Republic.)

Psychologists, wardens, medical workers, and the prisoners themselves, testified for a month in this health care trial. On the last day of the trial, the court heard from Centurion’s vice-president, Tom Dolan. Dolan said he advised prison officials that Centurion needed to increase staffing by 15%, and the prison did nothing. For this failure, many prisoners died preventable deaths for not getting basic medical and mental health care.

Despite YEARS of failing to live up to court-ordered standards, repeated fines, and sanctions totaling millions of dollars, Director Shinn got on the stand and had the nerve to say, “Prisoners often have greater access to care than I do as a private citizen.”. He said that under oath believe it or not! Shinn admitted that health care costs had doubled for the DOC since the privatization of services more than a decade ago. He also described the difficulties of providing prison health care as, “Almost like a battlefield.”

The ruling by Judge Silver might not take place until March

Lumley Unit

Lumley Unit

300 women ask to leave Lumley: Like lemmings to the sea, these gals fought to get out of Lumley. The opportunity arose when the COIV asked for volunteers to transfer to another Unit, like Santa Cruz. This COIV was inundated and overwhelmed with requests! This should give the staff, especially DW Taliban Bendel, that they run a sh*t show. We bet they don’t do a darn thing differently

And it’s no wonder why!

Only Lumley women are humiliated with marching single file everywhere they go. Taliban Bendel strikes again in his war against medium custody women. Not only are they still ‘escorted’ wherever they go on the Unit, but now he antagonizes them further by making them march in a straight line. Does Bendel think this is the military? A prisoner of war camp? Kindergarten? In our opinion, this DW is a misogynist….a hater of females. Why else would he humiliate Lumley residents?

The first week of Parsons v. Ryan trial

The first week of Parsons v. Ryan trial

(This story by Jimmy Jenkins in conjunction with The Marshall Project. Get updates on the trial through The Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter) This trial pits Arizona DOC against its prisoners, who argue that the medical services they receive are so poor, they...

Registered Nurse: “H. Pylori is rampant in Perryville”

Registered Nurse: “H. Pylori is rampant in Perryville”

An RN source alerted us to this story. According to her, this serious bacterial disease is prevalent in prisons....at least AZ prisons. This virulent strain of bacteria is, according to the Merck manual, is the cause of gastritis and ulcers. Long-term infection...

Perryville Kitchen Under Investigation by Dept. of Health

Perryville Kitchen Under Investigation by Dept. of Health

We have a report that Complex kitchen failed every test administered by the department. What horrified them the most was the rat infestation and their excrement in the inmate's food. According to the inmate workers, that had been happening for years, but Trinity...

Does DOC discriminate against women regarding SB 1310?

Does DOC discriminate against women regarding SB 1310?

Read the full version of this excellent article by Jimmy Jenkins, Arizona Republic 9-21-21.---Ed.) SB 1310 offers early release for low-level drug offenses and drug paraphernalia. To take advantage of this, a prisoner must complete a programming class. Courtney...

*CRITICAL staff shortage at Perryville*

*CRITICAL staff shortage at Perryville*

All units report staffing at a record low point. Graveyard shift officers are forced to stay for day duty. Retired personnel begged to return. Parole officers bribed with overtime pay to work weekends and nights. All reports point to PERRYVILLE BARELY FUNCTIONAL.

Only One Plumber?

Only One Plumber?

Only one plumber in P'ville holds up all shower restoration! Here we go again. Our high-placed source, explains why the women in all medium units are functioning with only a few scarce showers. This overdue, and very necessary demolition/restoration, of the...

Why my best friends are CNN news anchors

Why my best friends are CNN news anchors

I am a prisoner at Perryville. Arizona Department of Corrections is infamous for its nonexistent mental health care. The women live in a dark place, isolated and alone, which is only exacerbated by Covid restrictions. Recently, I was transferred to the Lumley unit,...

A Few Short Stories

A Few Short Stories

*Unsafe at any speed* We wonder if the D.O.T. knows that Perryville routinely jams 17 to 32 women in a 9 person van??? Our women have been jammed into vans going to medical, and the entire workforce of TeleVerde into one van. Can you spell C-O-V-I-D super...

An Amputee Tells Her Story

An Amputee Tells Her Story

I had my leg amputated above the knee on 7-30-21. This nightmare starts on Lumley, the most horrible unit on the planet. DW Bendel's motto is "I don't care," in fact he's quoted as saying that in Townhall meetings. There is only one ADA shower on the whole unit, and...

Exclusive: ACLU coming back to Perryville for trial preparation!

Exclusive: ACLU coming back to Perryville for trial preparation!

The ACLU will be visiting Perryville in the next few weeks, to have their medical and mental health experts review patient records. As you know, we have reported that Judge Silver is taking the DOC to trial on November 1st for flagrant violations of Parson v. Ryan. On...

The Mom Network: DW Bendel has to go!

The Mom Network: DW Bendel has to go!

We here at this site, affectionately refer to the Moms that report on info from their daughters, as the "Mom Network." These gals are a force to be reckoned with. They are hoppin' mad that their medium custody daughters are treated like closed custody inmates. Their...

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