Stories Direct from The InmatesLife in Perryville
For 3 months I’ve had a lump in my breast with a greenish discharge from the nipple. Corizon (Medical) won’t get a biopsy for it because “it’s too expensive and it’s probably a cyst anyway.”
How large will it have to be before I’m seen by a real M.D?
Update: After constant pleading, they consented to an ultrasound. Our OB-GYN confirmed it was a Stage II mass/tumor, but they aren’t going to pay for a biopsy until it is Stage III
Death isn’t just for the old, they kill the young too, P. was a 20-year-old vibrant young woman when she arrived at the prison. After a few months, she grew more fatigued and tired. For 5 months she begged Medical to take lab tests to find out what was wrong with her. They said: “we aren’t going to that expense for the flu.”
When she collapsed in the yard, she was finally taken to the hospital and diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Had she been treated earlier, her life could have been extended years.
I was K.T.s neighbor. We’d lived next door to each other for two years
We first thought she had come down with the flu, but her coughing and respiratory distress lingered for weeks. All the Corizon medical staff would recommend to her during her repeated sick calls was their favorite magic bullet, “Drink more water.”
I increased the frequency of my visits to her to check on her breathing. One day, she had vomited all over herself and was so sick she just lay on her back without moving. I got the attention of a guard and told him “Go in there and turn her head sideways so she doesn’t aspirate the vomit into her lungs.” He stared at me for a moment and then asked: “What does aspirate mean?” He didn’t do anything.
To shorten my narrative, K.T. was ignored by staff and medical for another week. Finally, when she was unresponsive, they took her by ambulance to the hospital. According to the people who work up front, the hospital phoned back and asked: “Why did you wait so long. She is in critical condition and in ICU.”
K..T never woke up. Her soul flew free after a week in a coma.
"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
Our showers have no light and few curtains. The old tile was ripped out, covered in quick-set cement and then painted - it's like showering in a dark cave. J.P.read more
Recipes Holidays behind bars doesn't mean we don't enjoy the time spent with friends we have made. With a little creativity we can get pretty close to traditional meals with the little we have to work with from the store. (Read the rest of the story and the recipe...read more
... Drugs became my best friend, and I came to rely on them, need them, love them. I was getting high everyday. When I turned 14 I discovered cocaine, LSD, and speed, hard drugs that offered me a new and exciting adventure to explore. This was the beginning of my...read more
I am a drug addict, and need treatment, not a long prison sentence. The theory is that this inhuman treatment will inspire people not to come back. It doesn't work. I just succeeds in dehumanizing them so they have no dignity or hope left. Drug addicts need drug...read more