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.

Death of an Inmate on San Carlos Overnight

Death of an Inmate on San Carlos Overnight

[This information was sent to us via email at 9:00 am today. However, it not been delivered as of 6:00 p, (email censorship?) We were finally able to learn this much via telephone call.]

It was a vale of tears this morning on the San Carlos unit. A woman in her 40’s left this life suddenly at around 10:00 to 11:00 pm last night. Cause of death – undetermined.

We won’t print rumor or conjecture, so we’ll wait for the autopsy results, unlike the people interviewed on this.. Staff are consistent on only one thing: it took 45-minutes for a nurse to arrive. The ambulance beat her to the inmate/victim

Better reporters than we are have been alerted to this story. Maybe they can pry some truth out of the DOC. As we are able to confirm more details we will let you know.

One eyewitness reported a prayer circle of at least 200 women this morning at 7:35 am. The soprano singer lead a thrilling rendition of Amazing Grace. That gal was so good she could be singing at the Met.

Where Did the Tent Come From?

Where Did the Tent Come From?

We got a call from people that repair roofs on Perryville. They report that there is a military tent on San Pedro that wasn’t there last week. This large tent is supposedly equipped with 2 swamp coolers, and showers are detached, but separate from the main buildings.

Wouldn’t it be dreadful to be in a tent in 108 heat? If you were sick it would be worse. Do you think they might stash the elderly in that thing?

Statewide Ban on Haircuts

Statewide Ban on Haircuts

Director Shinn has banned the use of clippers for haircuts in all AZ prisons. You are welcome to buy your own “beard trimmers” for 20 bucks, however. (Does he have stock in Keefe?). Few inmates will be able to afford them on their 15¢ per hour pay.

One Lt. was interviewed about this, and when asked “why don’t they just sterilize the clippers between inmate customers”, he replied’ ” The Director rarely thinks before he acts”.

Something Buggy in Perryville

Something Buggy in Perryville

Every unit is talking about the "little black bugs" that plague us this time of year. And every time the so-called pest control person comes to "spray", the bugs get worse. We feel our tax dollars are wasted again. The bug company gets a lot of money, but what, and at...

“Straw Poll of Best COIII’s”

“Straw Poll of Best COIII’s”

Our unscientific poll, taken from inmates/families that have written to us about DOC Counselors. Congratulations gentlemen for your great service!CO III. MoodyCO III JardineCO III. Kang

“D.W. Hernandez wastes taxpayer dollars!”

“D.W. Hernandez wastes taxpayer dollars!”

We received this today. Not sure whether to classify this as ridiculous or absurd. It certainly isn't smart, sensible, or even logical. "This is the notice posted all over San Carlos "pads and tampons will be distributed Saturday 5/29/20 all inmates will be provided...

Where did the donations go? Not to the inmates!

Where did the donations go? Not to the inmates!

The American Friends Service Committee - Arizona has been collecting donations of soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, gloves, and masks for inmates in Arizona prisons. You can read the details in this article....

AZDOC now charging poor indigents for basic supplies.

AZDOC now charging poor indigents for basic supplies.

DO905 section 4.0, effective Dec. 2, 2019: To be "indigent" an inmate needs to have less than $8.00 on their account. (It used to be $12.) "All indigent inmates charged for indigent supplies. The charges will remain a debt on their account until paid in full or...

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...

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...

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...

Perryville staffing shortage becomes a safety concern for inmates

Perryville staffing shortage becomes a safety concern for inmates

Arizona Department of Corrections is experiencing a mass exodus of employees. Many have left to join the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Others have been forced to retire in the wake of recent scandals and exposed corruption. Still more refuse to work for an...

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...

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