Stories Direct from The InmatesLife in Perryville
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 government, but a company charging $7 for one lightbulb – and not offering any cheaper alternative is PIRACY. It is GREED! A prisoner, making 10-cents an hour would have to work 70 hours to get one.
This summer the DOC got “a good price” for work boots made in China. These are the boots supplied to the ladies that work in the kitchen, yard crew, painting, and maintenance. There was a reason they were a “good price.” These boots literally fell apart after one day. Inmate N.C. said “I got my boots on Tuesday, and after working my shift, the sole had peeled away from the shoe, and the “leather” upper shredded into what looked like dark paper.”
Yep, your tax dollars getting the very best.
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 situations. One woman said “they scared the living daylights outta me!” To add more drama for the girls, the DOC included the German Shepard K-9 team.
Not even the supervisors knew this was a drill, as the call went out on the radio as “All supervisors report to San Carlos ASAP!” It was a simulated exercise, but the women didn’t know it. Apparently, many women were so outraged that their families call KJZZ to report it
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 is “no such thing as a non-smoking area.”
Rampant illegal tattooing is taking place while the guards look away. On 9-5-19 Lumley had a “shake” (inspection) and before they were through the first wing, the supervisors had a notebook full of 27 names of people with new tattoos, and a box full of colored inks and tattoo paraphernalia. We don’t know how much they found by the end of the shake.
One inmate recently transferred out of an “overflow room” on “A” yard. She describes a room with no bunk, one dirty mattress on the floor, used tampons and filth littering the area, and an overflowing busted toilet. These rooms are obviously not cleaned between occupants.
Sounds like the Deputy Warden needs to “clean up” this unit in more ways than one!
I have had Crohn's disease for 6 years before I came to Perryville. Corizon said "it's cured" even though they gave me no treatment for it. The provider prescribed medication for I.B.S. (totally different disease than Crohn's) and that caused me to start throwing up...read more
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...read more
This editor personally interviewed four new inmates that came from Lumley to Santa Cruz unit. They were interviewed separately, but all had the same story. A Yard: showers and sinks, and all water available to the women is cold. (How would you like a cold shower on a...read more
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...read more
"Our Medical Department is so lacking for proper care. Us prisoners are covered by Access - yet every prisoner pays D.O.C. $4.00 for medical or dental. Why? Where does our $4.00 go? Last time I checked Access was free for people who need help. Women have gotten cancer...read more
"Department of Corrections is in NO WAY a correction for anyone. The taxpayer is being drained for things we don't even have, or hope to have. The only things we receive is toilet paper, pads, tampons, but only received enough of these recently. We don't receive soap,...read more
"A lot of women do not deserve to be in prison. Drug related crimes means they need help, both mentally and emotionally. There is a Root Cause to their Pain. If Arizona would sentence then to Drug Rehabilitation Program for their years to fit the crime, they could...read more
I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. My Corizon provider says it's "too expensive" to treat, so just take aspirin. This disease cause me to grow a beard. I got a ticket for not shaving! A.P.read more
In 2014 I had a stroke in prison. Half my face was paralyzed, and I was rushed to West Valley Hospital, where a CT scan confirmed the diagnosis. I kept telling my unit provider that my blood pressure was high, but they insisted it was "in range" and prescribed no...read more
"Just before Christmas 2018 my toilet stopped working. The button refused to flush. The guards gave me a bucket to pour water into the toilet - that doesn't completely fix it you know! After 3 days of being locked up in that sewer/cell, the grey shirts fixed it."...read more
In November, on D yard, we had raw sewage erupt from the drain on 3 pod. I saw residents picking their way around the feces near their doors. We counted 2-1/2 hours later 'til there was a response. Did we get men in HazMat suits? Noooo, we got other inmates cleaning...read more
Some new inmates to Perryville have not been issued underwear (panties.) Do you know how we keep our sanitary pad in place? We have to go ask a guard to let us borrow a panty to use for the week! Where does $1-billion go? Not enough for panties???...read more