Stories Direct from The InmatesLife in Perryville
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!
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 women 60 and older could go to air-conditioned areas (visitation, WTU room, medical) to temporarily (not all day) to cool our core temperature. He suggested we go to the kitchen on the yard to cool down.
This is how far out of touch with reality this man is! There is no cooler in the kitchen! In fact, it was so hot in the kitchen the other day that his very own officers shut down the evening movie because the temperature was over 97 degrees!!!
To add insult to injury, Lt. Burski ordered us out into a 40-MPH sand storm after the town hall meeting. Another officer saw me struggling and ordered me to return to the building. Lt. Burski told me to walk back to my yard, even though visibility was zero. To further humiliate me, he made fun of me for walking too slow! I yelled back “See how fast you go 45 years from now!” I think the wind took my words away.
This is how senior citizens are treated at Santa Maria.”
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...
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??? D&J
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.
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