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Conclusion of RETALIATION story on Lumley

Conclusion of RETALIATION story on Lumley

At the beginning of the diary of the 70-year-old’s flight to max custody on Lumley, she thinks it’s a computer error. How naïve. You can see her on the first day in ‘48 hours‘ explain it away with an AIMS2 mishap. Then it dawns on her that this is an insidious and planned RETALIATION attack on her.

Her most grievous sin? Complaining about 2nd hand smoke on Carlos. Every time this lady has asked staff to enforce policy on smoking, they have moved her to another unit. Our 70-year-old non-smoker has been punished 6 times…Maria to Cruz, Cruz to Maria, Maria to Cruz, Cruz to Maria, Maria to Carlos, Carlos to Lumley. She is experiencing shortness of breath and severe asthma attacks. Stay tuned.

The Tale of Two Shifts

The Tale of Two Shifts

Dateline San Carlos 8-12-20: We just received this forwarded email.

” I was writing my mom about how great the COVID testing went at Carlos. She was concerned about my asthma caused by 2nd hand smoke and knew being locked down with smokers would bring about an attack. I was initially so pleased by the morning shifts’ commitment to keeping the Bays smoke free, that I reported my relief.

For the FIRST time, I saw a female guard march right into the bathroom and give everybody tickets for smoking! I’ve never seen that the whole time I’ve been at Carlos! At last, the administration was listening to the needs of non-smokers. My joy was short-lived by the 2nd shift’s (2-10 pm) apathy to the smog layer coming from the bathrooms and showers.

The efficiency that this Unit managed the testing was very, very good. The guards got our meals on time, and even managed to get our commissary groceries delivered.”

No tobacco sales to anyone under 21 – what will AZDOC do?

No tobacco sales to anyone under 21 – what will AZDOC do?

The new FDA law went into effect 12-20-2019, but fines will not be imposed for 6 months. How will Keefe, the tobacco supplier to inmates in Arizona, be in compliance? Will AZ prisons finally catch up with the rest of the nation and go smoke-free?

Keefe Employee Ignores Smoking Policy

Keefe Employee Ignores Smoking Policy

It seems that some Keefe employees don't adhere to the smoking policy at Perryville. We've had numerous complaints about a Keefe "white shirt", Ms. Lorry, who constantly smokes directly in front of the kitchen door. This behavior is especially problematic for...

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...

Elderly Woman Retaliated Against for Second-hand Smoke

Elderly Woman Retaliated Against for Second-hand Smoke

A woman about 70-years old wrote to this website to describe her struggle against second-hand smoke at Perryville. "In 2017 I submitted a grievance against staff smoking out-of-area and in the non-smoking sections of Santa Maria. I had a list of 15 names of officers...

I Couldn’t Breathe at Maria Detention Unit!

I Couldn’t Breathe at Maria Detention Unit!

"I was located at this facility intermittently for several months, but I want to talk about my two weeks of hell, where I literally couldn't breathe. The girls at MDU (Maria Detention Unit) were getting cigarettes smuggled in. As a result, the air was polluted by...

Gassed at Santa Cruz Medical – by T.M.

Gassed at Santa Cruz Medical – by T.M.

A guard stationed at complex escorted a patient to Santa Cruz Medical. He stepped one foot out of Medical and promptly lit up his cigarette in front of other patients waiting outside. Several of us are asthmatics and told the guard to go someplace else, as this was a...

State Sponsored Gas Chambers!

State Sponsored Gas Chambers!

Here are 2 inmates with COPD from inhaling second-hand smoke. Both began to get symptoms some years into their incarceration at Perryville. A.G.V: "I am a life long non-smoker. After 10 years incarcerated in Oklahoma, I was transported to Perryville prison. There is...

Interview with Inmate 1997 – 1/12/19

Interview with Inmate 1997 – 1/12/19

This I/M (inmate) arrived at Perryville in November of 1997. She was 52 years old at the time, and had never smoked. The AZDOC was always lax about enforcing the no-smoking in the room policy, but in the 90's apparently it was non-existent. Her roommates smoke in the...

Prison Tobacco Bans Reduce Smoking-related Deaths

Originally published on AUG. 2, 2016 by Christopher Zoukis published in Prison Legal News August, 2016, page 40 "Tobacco use and secondhand smoke kill over 480,000 people in the United States annually. The mortality rate of smokers is three times higher than those who...

Exposure to Secondary Smoke Can State Claim

Originally published in Prison Legal News September, 1993, page 1 Donald McKinney was a Nevada state prisoner who filed a civil rights complaint against prison officials, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that his involuntary exposure to environmental tobacco...

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