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.

Isolation Ward of Perryville hospital is secured with a Kotex!?

Isolation Ward of Perryville hospital is secured with a Kotex!?

I was escorted to Isolation room #1 with contagious Shingles.

This is how Peaville organizes it’s hospital center, located on Lumley unit. IPC (Inmate Patient Care, short-term stays), is next to the SNU (Special Needs Unit, long-term care), and the Isolation rooms are within IPC. There is this big sign ‘ISOLATION, Do Not Enter Without Authorized Staff!’ It’s a typical wide hospital door, inside is bed, sink, toilet, and exam area.

I must admit, I didn’t notice the lack of a doorknob until I was in bed. Every time nurses or doctors enter, they have to remove the Kotex, and push it between the door and door jam to keep the door closed! So if you have a patient with a communicable disease, like Covid, you’re just a Kotex pad away from spreading it!!! What!?

Again, let me remind you of the DOC’s $1.3 Billion dollar budget…….

Letter to an inmate advocacy group

Letter to an inmate advocacy group

The recipient of this letter asked the inmate where infrastructure money should go for this years budget.–Ed.

“Sorry I didn’t get back to you in time for your meeting, but our Wi-Fi was down and it just now came back on:

Re: Locks. I’ve consulted gals on Cruz and Maria, and have not heard from them yet. A year ago I was on both those units, and Maria’s was in good shape but there were quite a few broken ones on Cruz. On Lumley, just about everything is broken…I’m on A yard and every single cell has to be manually keyed out….this yard had the automatic system ripped out a long time ago. But that doesn’t mean the locks are ‘broken’, it just takes a long time for the guards to key us out. I try not to think about a fire.”

“Now, what has been an ongoing problem in Peaville is SHOWERS. Do you remember the watercolor painting I did of a Cruz shower? All showers in the units that are 2 man cells are deplorable. Even shinnsplints was quoted in the press as saying, “These are the worst showers I’ve ever seen anywhere.” Boy howdy. Every town hall on any unit has the ubiquitous question, “When are you going to fix the showers.” The answer is universally the same, “We don’t have the budget for that.” They can’t even buy shower curtains???? Today I took a shower in a broken tile, covered by broken drywall, filthy shower covered in mold and rust with no shower curtain. 95% of all showers have a broken regulator, which means there is no way to adjust the temperature of the water. About 40% are closed due to plumbing failure, which makes showering a competition among women. With no curtains, the girls stick Kotex on the window so the guards don’t get a free show. Of course, the men rip them off because it’s a *security issue*…..uh-huh.”

“If shinnsplints is really allocating serious money on infrastructure, he should start with showers. Because the plumbing is so bad in Peaville, and the showers leak copious amounts of water, the concrete is dissolving to the point of exposing the rebar. Some stairs and top tiers will collapse soon….its that bad. “

“Where do these clowns spend 1.3 BILLION dollars? I’ve been here 12 years and all I’ve seen is a downward spiral of programs, education, and crumbling infrastructure. Tell me how your meeting went.”

What’s going to happen in Perryville when the heat reaches 100

What’s going to happen in Perryville when the heat reaches 100

Ever since the two men escaped a few months ago, new draconian policies have been implemented….. for the women too. Apparently, Director Shinn(splints), thinks that taking away acrylic paint, thermal underwear, and any freedom of movement, will discourage future escapes.

The latest restriction is having to be ESCORTED everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Keep in mind readers, that the DOC is woefully short-staffed. This means that ladies stand in the hot sun waiting a long time for an ‘escort’ to chow, medical, ice call, class, work, or anything. Then when they get to their destination, they wait as long as an hour to walk back. This is especially hard on the elderly and people with disabilities.

There WILL BE medical emergencies if they keep up this nonsense through the summer.

Part 3: Interview With a 20-year Man

Part 3: Interview With a 20-year Man

PW: 'So tell me how P.R.E.A. has changed life for women in prison. It was created to stop the rape of female inmates. "It didn't do a damn thing. Women are still subjected to sexual assault here. I read where something like 80% of female prisoners have been sexually...

Fox Guarding the Henhouse…Retaliation Hotline

Fox Guarding the Henhouse…Retaliation Hotline

LOL, ROFLMAO, laughing hysterically, hehehe, .....you get the point. Here's the back story. On Sept. 24th, 2020, a memo was posted throughout Perryville, that a Retaliation Hotline was to be installed that would allow an inmate to report staff retaliation. Months and...

Warden Ron Lee, the Staff Hates Your Guts

Warden Ron Lee, the Staff Hates Your Guts

Old Ronny boy has a problem. The guards can't stop telling whoever will listen, (inmates, staff) that they've had enough of this place and are fixin' to quit. The guards claim Ron is a lousy boss. The short staffing issue has been addressed in the newspaper, but...

Women on Lumley S.O.L. for ice call

Women on Lumley S.O.L. for ice call

Does ANYTHING on Lumley go right? Check out this report on ice call. Keep in mind readers.....inmates pay for ice ($2.25 for 10lb bag) themselves. "Well, this is the 3rd week in a row Lumley Unit has run out of ice during a 100-degree weekend. Many women try to avoid...

Part 2 of: Interview With A 20-year Man

Part 2 of: Interview With A 20-year Man

PW: 'The inmates continually complain about lack of clothing, and the horrible condition of them. What can you tell us about State Issue?' "The DOC don't want to give the inmates ANY new clothing. The only way to get it is to buy it. The supervisors tell the State...

Shocking interview with a ’20 year man’

Shocking interview with a ’20 year man’

This high level staffer agreed to share his experiences--Ed. "Inmates are nothing but a 'cash cow' to make money for the state. Arizona's copper mines went out, and they needed to find other revenue to fill the coffers. Mining the poor, indigent, homeless, and...

Closed Custody Yards on Cruz and Lumley…Hotbeds of Suicide Attempts

Closed Custody Yards on Cruz and Lumley…Hotbeds of Suicide Attempts

It's been a year since COVID hit, and the women isolated from the outside world. The women on Closed Custody fare even worse. They are locked up for virtually the entire day, except for their 'kennel rec' and meals. Is it any wonder they act out angrily every night?...

Prison Reform bills—Dead On Arrival

Prison Reform bills—Dead On Arrival

All three bills, HB2167 Oversight on the DOC, HB2713 Earned release credits, and HB2165 House arrest for non violent offenders, killed by Warren Petersen (R) of the Senate Judiciary committee. Next election, vote the asshole out!! The last guy didn't let any reform...

What do COIII’s do in Perryville?

What do COIII’s do in Perryville?

According to the women....not much. We get a large number of complaints about absent, never-there, clueless, and downright lazy counselors. For instance, CPS had been trying to contact the mother of a runaway child and was never able to track down the mother's COIII....

Screwed up Lumley

Screwed up Lumley

Reprinted from a recently received letter: "What a %#@ Unit this is. We only get 2 toilet paper rolls per week....what happened to that robust supply that the DOC promised us? They only comply when the ACLU and media make them give us toilet paper." "Here's what they...

Tidbit from Lumley

Tidbit from Lumley

Our intrepid reporter from there, has this to say. "I've been on 4 units in Perryville, and have never seen such lack of dissemination of information. On every other Unit they take notes of the Townhall meeting, type it up, and post on a bulletin board for everyone to...

A robust supply of feminine hygiene products at Perryville? NOT!

A robust supply of feminine hygiene products at Perryville? NOT!

Why ADC's continued stinginess with TP, pads, and tampons?? We don't get it. Carlos has intermittent problems with supply, Maria has complaints about them, as does Cruz. Recently, we've had letters from Lumley about supply issues. Each Lumley inmate gets 2 TPs per...

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