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“My conversations with idiots at 6am”

“My conversations with idiots at 6am”

This came in this morning and we are posting it exactly as we received it.

“I’m out jogging when I see a friend my age (70s) who asks about the town hall meeting. So I stop to give her a recap, and I’m on the part about the DW not mandating masks……when who comes out the door but one of the Lt’s in the meeting. We square off about mask-wearing. He feels the same way his boss does about masks…” it’s useless, and COVID is overblown.”. We proceed into a very spirited argument that we are hearing all over the country. My favorite quote from him is, “Yeah, I could get COVID just like I might get hit by lightning or one of these girls might sucker punch me.”. ?? I’ll let that speak for itself. My parting words to him were, “This prison is run by people like you, you’re in the right place.”. Then I jog by the biggest offender of smoking out of area….the Sgt. And I inform him he’s smoking in the wrong place. He says something back at me but I’m glad I kept on jogging.”


Now, in case you’re new to all of this nonsense – here are a few quotes directly from the AZDOC. It’s obvious their words do not reflect their actions.

“Our priority remains ensuring the health and safety of inmates as well as all ADCRR employees and on-site third party partners.” July 13, 2020 COVID-19 Management Update https://corrections.az.gov/covid-19-management-updates

“Currently, all ADCRR officers and staff are required to wear face covering.” COVID-19 Management Strategy Update July 2, 2020 https://corrections.az.gov/covid-19-management-updates As you can see from the message we received this morning this is not being enforced.

As for the smoking incident – in spite of federal law, Arizona State laws, and the AZDOC’s own Department Orders, smoking regulations are not enforced. This is true for both staff and inmates. This editor has personally witnessed white-shirt staff standing directly in front of No Smoking signs, lighting up in full view of Correction Officers with no repercussions what so ever. https://corrections.az.gov/sites/default/files/policies/100/0109_112919.pdf

How does any institution expect compliance from its population when it refuses to address blatant disregard of the law and the institution’s own regulations by its own employees?

Open Letter to My Deputy Warden

Open Letter to My Deputy Warden

I’d like to address the frivolous and arbitrary tickets given on San Carlos unit. I find it curious that I could go years with a completely clean disciplinary record, and get two tickets in one week on Carlos. Neither ticket was based on written policy.

Since when does one get a ticket for being late for count at 10:55 am? The policy says 11 am. The 2nd ticket by Sgt. Spears was the result of fast walking to the library to look at the newly posted sign. I got that ticket for “exercising out of place”. Do you know what it’s like to be 65+ in prison? It’s a constant nightmare.

Please have your officers spend more time keeping us alive than giving us unnecessary stress with frivolous tickets.


Posted on our Facebook Page earlier

SGT. SPEARS gives a 70-year-old ticket for “jogging” to the library.
Boy howdy. Instead of making sure women over 65 stay alive through the COVID crisis, they issue tickets for looking at the library sign. Apparently one cannot exercise in that area. A fast walk by the elderly is exercise? Of course, this COULD be retribution. Because this is the same 70-year old that wrote up Sgt. Spears on social media, for writing a ticket to her, when she asked too many questions about COVID in April.

Unsung Heroines of the Pandemic

Unsung Heroines of the Pandemic

So many of the stories of front line workers are written in media, but few would know that inmates were also instrumental in fighting this disease. There are 36 women in the garment factory at Perryville. Beginning on March 31st, these ladies started working 12-15 hour days, 7 days a week making masks and gowns. From March 31 through June 15, the numbers they have produced 39,328 masks and 31,402 gowns for the DOC, ADOT, daycare, and nursing homes.

We can safely say few on the outside have worked so hard for so little in monetary reward. These gals don’t do it for the dough……they are excited to help their community and keep people safer. These are examples of dedication, and a sincere desire to serve others.

We write this story not because they desire recognition, they don’t, but to show the public how the ladies of Perryville can, and do, contribute to the betterment of society.

“Letter From A Dead Woman”

“Letter From A Dead Woman”

( a letter passed to us---names of medical personnel deleted for this post. We have no way of verifying, but this woman has a right to her opinion.)"Letter From A Dead Woman"My name was Debra R, but Perryville saw me as a number. I died on Jan. 11, 2020, while in...

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No Social Distancing at Perryville

No Social Distancing at Perryville

God bless email capable inmates. Families are more than happy to share their loved ones' email from the women's prison. It isn't a pretty picture. The phrase "packed together like sardines" was most prevalent. One woman looked at her unit's medical waiting area which...

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The Pregnancy from Hell

The Pregnancy from Hell

Ms. G arrived at Santa Maria R&A on October 23, 2019. She was 8-months pregnant. The staff did not give her prenatal vitamins or diet because the “paperwork" had not come in yet. She was taken to the hospital on October 27 and delivered her baby on the 28th. After...

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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...

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A Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence

Recently, Perryville Santa Cruz Unit suffered a tragedy. A young woman chose to end her life. Although the circumstances of her pain will never fully be known, we appreciate the special COII officers who took the time to counsel with her as often as they could. We...

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Drug Scandal on Santa Cruz

Drug Scandal on Santa Cruz

[Disclaimer: This website does not independently verify inmates' stories. We only give them their First Amendment right to speak. An inmate wrote us this account and said she was working as an informant on behalf of the D.O.C.] Dateline Santa Cruz: "Ms. R, a...

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$7 Lightbulbs, and 24-Hour Boots

$7 Lightbulbs, and 24-Hour Boots

Up until recently, an inmate could buy a lightbulb for $0.78. Then came the outrageous $2.00 lightbulb. But Keefe/Trinity, not done bilking the inmates out of ther hard-won dime, jacked up the price to $7.00!! I've heard of $2,000 toilet seats purchased by the...

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Women Scared by “Men in Black”

Women Scared by “Men in Black”

Dateline San Carlos: A recent search on San Carlos had the addition of black-clothed commandos called the dreaded men in black. These squads made up of all men over 6-feet tall, were created to quell riots and suppress inmate unrest, or to deal with hostage...

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D.W. Compton Denies Elderly Women A/C!

D.W. Compton Denies Elderly Women A/C!

8-7-19 3:34 PM Townhall Meeting Dateline Santa Maria: from a 70-year-old woman. "I told D.W. Compton that the elderly have special needs, as we cannot dissipate heat from our body. plus we take medications that make us even more susceptible to heat stroke. I asked if...

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Wanting to Make a Positive Difference – by C.W.

Wanting to Make a Positive Difference – by C.W.

There are many stories on this website that are tragic but true. I want to submit a good story for a change. This is a conversation I recently had with my CO-III about the future of incarceration. He told me that he got into corrections "to make a positive difference...

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