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.

Day 5 – 1:30pm LIBERATION

Day 5 – 1:30pm LIBERATION

The latest update on the inmate transferred to Lumley:
“This time, the guard knocks politely and announces I’m sprung from this evil place. But alas, I’m not going home to Carlos, they are taking me to “C” yard on Lumley. How bad could it be I think to myself.

Ha! From the time I’m shown to my new roommate’s cell, I am bombarded with a string of loud obscenities. She doesn’t want me there and yells long and loud. When she starts throwing chairs, however, then I leave. The guards descend to see what the racket is. They address me, “Well, what did you do to excite her?”. what?? Then they call ME a trouble maker, admonish me with, and I quote, “You’re just a F++king inmate.”

I’m tired, I’ve had repeated asthma attacks, the latest brought on by this lunatic blowing smoke in my face. So they put me upstairs in an empty cell (why didn’t they do that first?) I can hardly make it up there, so the local inmates are instructed to move my huge load of stuff upstairs. This is my 3d move today and I’m exhausted. This time they stole my ice chest with a full load of ice in it. I’m thinking of a hot shower like at Carlos, but no, only cold water. I’ve been in 3 cells on Lumley and none of them have trash baskets! You’d think 1.1 Billion dollars would buy some.

Tomorrow, legal call with my attorney, wish me luck!”

48 hours on Closed Custody

48 hours on Closed Custody

We posted follow up information on this situation a couple of days ago (read it here). It took until today for this the first story in the saga to arrive.

By serendipity, meaning AIMS2 strikes again, a minimum inmate ends up on closed custody on Lumley. For our readers not familiar with the prisons’ terrible computer system, look in our archives for past stories. The one thing AIMS is famous for is LOOSING inmates.

“I’m waiting at the gate to be picked up in the usual van when this enclosed paddy wagon arrives. The female guard walks toward me carrying…. chains?? WTF. I’ve never been in chains for a simple transfer. So this gal motions for me to get in the back of the van. A non-padded rumble seat made for dwarfs. I could barely wad my 5’10 frame in this little box. It’s pitch black. Mercifully, it’s a 5-minute ride.

I get out of the van and ask the nearest guard, “where am I?”, he says “Closed custody yard”. “What!?” I sputter…”I only have 9 points, what am I doing here??”. Quickly I email my attorney, and she writes back that “they just realized you weren’t supposed to be there.”. DUH.

Then my attention was grabbed by three inmates descending on me in my room. They were armed with spray bottles and said they were there to “clean my room”. What they really meant was, “We’re here to clean you out of all your stuff.”. Fortunately, all they were able to swipe was a black state-owned blanket before I was able to slam the door.

I’m sitting on my bunk feeling miserable, my nose full of smoke from the vent. (closed custody only gets out an hour a day…maybe) Then I decide this is an opportunity to report on what goes on here! I can make use of my time while waiting for the cavalry to arrive.

So far I’ve learned they treat these gals worse than dogs. How can a person function without any stimulation for 23 out of 24 hours? For the last 48 hours, I’ve heard nothing but yelling from the guards, and the women being marched everywhere.
It’s a miserable existence. Then I start interviewing the officers. I ask, “What Covid cleaning program do you have here?”. (answer) ” It’s like Covid never existed here.”


“Don’t you have a deep cleaning at least once a week like on Carlos?” I ask. “Well, we can’t let the inmates clean their own room, because they might try to commit suicide with the cleaner by ingesting it,” he says. !? I think to myself that suicide is probably an ongoing problem here.

That’s what I have so far readers….I got to take a couple more hits on my rescue inhaler now.”

“I lay on the hot cement for hours with a broken back and leg!”

“I lay on the hot cement for hours with a broken back and leg!”

Dateline Lumley: We were suspicious of this story until we saw the legal paperwork from her lawyer that confirmed it. This is her post.
” In December of 2019, I was struggling with one of the cell doors that wouldn’t close. In that effort, I fell to the floor abruptly and heard a crack in my back. I was told by medical it was just a “bruise”.

Later on in the year, my legs would suddenly turn numb and I’d fall. This got worse until July 12th when my legs went out and I fell hard. This happened at about 10 in the morning. I felt severe pain in my right thigh and heard a crack. I looked at my thigh and saw a bulge under the skin.

Various guards said I was “faking” and would not call an ICS for medical help. Even the Lieutenant said, “You can just lie there because we’re not calling medical, and I’m giving you a ticket for not locking down. And then I’m going to lock you up for 72 hours straight.”. The guards just taunted me while I lay on hot concrete, with what I was sure, a broken leg. I lay crying like that until after count when the COIV told them to bring me to her office. They put me in a wheelchair and told me to “drive myself” to her office. After painfully wheeling myself to the COIV’s door, she let me wait in the hot sun for another 2 hours. She finally came out of her office to say, “Look I know your faking, so I’m not going to call medical.”

Finally, at 3 pm when it was obvious wasn’t moving, I was taken to medical, where they noticed my strange looking leg. The nurse immediately called the Doctor at the complex, and he directed me to X-Ray. When the X-Ray came back the technician screamed, “Oh my God she has a broken femur!”. Then things started to happen. I was rushed to the hospital with a compound fracture of the femur. That hospital examined me and said I needed immediate surgery at the trauma center. I was rushed to the roof to be transported by helicopter to the Trauma Center hospital.

It took two surgeries to fix my leg. In the midst of this stay, the hospital told me I also had a broken back! The “bruise” they refused to x-ray in December, was two compressed fractures in my lower back. This was the reason for my falling, because of the pressure on my nerves that control the legs!

Will another million dollar lawsuit cure the DOC of reckless endangerment and outright cruelty? I doubt it. Please voters….vote with your heart this election day. Vote for prison reform and human decency.”

RATS taking over Perryville!

RATS taking over Perryville!

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Comparing the US to Nordic prisons

Comparing the US to Nordic prisons

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RATS at Perryville Complex Kitchen!!

RATS at Perryville Complex Kitchen!!

Several Complex (where all inmate food is prepared) kitchen workers recently posted this news: " During my shift yesterday, (9/25/20) we were removing pallets of bread and discovered 3 cases had been eaten by rats. As we entered the storage area, I saw two Trinity...

“Critical Update my foot!”

“Critical Update my foot!”

This letter is from one of our Technical contributors. "Once again the DOC and this time, JPay, screwed up a "critical update" via the kiosks. We have often wondered why they put computers out in the 116-degree heat, and now we think we know the answer. Because they...

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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What is it with Sgt. Spears and elderly ladies? As we reported recently, this guy gives tickets (or more accurately, advises tickets, he's too lazy to write them) for jogging to the library, asking questions about the Coronavirus, etc. Now, he hassled a 72-year-old...

This is why I call them idiots

This is why I call them idiots

Only the DOC in their infinite wisdom could put delicate technology out in the 118 degree heat! The phones are outside too.

TOWNHALL 7-16-20 San Carlos

TOWNHALL 7-16-20 San Carlos

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More women sign up at Hickmans??!

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Death of an Inmate on San Carlos Overnight

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Where Did the Tent Come From?

Where Did the Tent Come From?

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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...

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