Posts Tagged ‘negligence’

Another ADOC Inmate Dies from Heat Stroke

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

 

Marsha Powell became another victim of neglect & negligence at the Arizona Department of Corrections earlier today.  Inmate Powell was held for approximately 3 & ½ hours outside in an uncovered holding cell in the Arizona sun across midday in clear violation of ADOC Policy.  Under ADOC Policy use of such holding cells is limited to 2 hours.

 

Inmate Powell was being held outside waiting for a psychological evaluation and apparently was forgotten.  While four (4) corrections officers were sent home on Administrative Leave with Pay under investigation, it appears ADOC mental health staff, commonly known as “psych,” once again gets off scot free.

 

There is no mention of the investigation including ADOC Counseling & Treatment Services and the contributions of “psych” to the negligent demise of Inmate Powell.  Powell apparently was a “psych” patient and/or was to be assessed for possible need for mental health treatment and/or possible emergency intervention.

 

While security at ADOC is obviously understaffed and corrections officers stretched thin, past the point of breaking and past the point of the safe & orderly running of ADOC facilities, such as at the Perryville penitentiary, ADOC was severely compromised under the Napolitano-Schriro Administrations.  ADOC has deteriorated since Governor Brewer took office and Chuck Ryan replaced Schriro earlier this year.

 

Morale at ADOC has been extremely low since Chuck Ryan took over the helm.  Ryan was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer earlier this year.  Since Ryan’s appointment many corrections officers, commonly & wrongly referred to as “guards,” have opted to retire early from ADOC rather than continue working under such terrible conditions.

 

Previously, I reported on the demise of another inmate due to heat stroke at the Arizona State Prison Complex—Lewis (ASPC-Lewis).  That was covered up.  More importantly, during the previous death at a men’s penitentiary, the officers left the inmate exposed purposely in a holding cell outside of Medical to kill that convict!

 

Ultimately, Medical covered up for the negligence of security in that inmate’s death.  At least in the Powell death, Ryan has ordered a (partial) investigation. 

 

One wonders who is in charge of “psych” at Perryville? 

 

One wonders which Psychologist II’s, which Psychological Associate II’s, and which Supervising Psychologist III may have been on duty or were supposed to have been available to see that obviously distressed and in need of treatment female inmate in a timely fashion?

 

Let the investigation be expanded to cover the real causes of Inmate Marsha Powell’s death and the contributory negligence of Counseling & Treatment Services staff for failing to respond in a timely fashion. 

 

Moreover, I urge opening an investigation on the previous heat stroke death due to exposure at ASPC-Lewis.  It appeared that death contained a certain degree of premeditation.

 

Maybe it is time the FBI came in and investigated these undue losses of life?

 

Neither inmate was sentenced to death!

 

ADOC Interim Director Chuck Ryan: Culpable in the Deaths of Officer Brent Lumley & Deputy Warden Ron Odom?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

 

 

Folks, I am going to try to recall and tell this story in brief.  My spelling may not be quite right; feel free to advise me of any errors.  But, this story’s got to be told.

 

Officer Brent Lumley’s death appears to have involved decisions by Charles Ryan.  I’ll let you, the reader, decide whether or not Charles Ryan might have been negligent.

 

Here is a link to the HTML version of the Arizona Supreme Court record of the conviction of Leroy D. Cropper:

 

http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:pjo5BBguhoQJ:www.supreme.state.az.us/opin/pdf2003/cr_00_0544_ap.pdf+lumley+ADOC&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

 

This is the section to which I call your attention:

 

¶4

Cropper needed to find a way out of his cell. An inmate

is able to leave a locked cell if a fellow inmate “spins the lock”

to his cell door. This lock picking procedure, performed manually

on the cell door lock from outside the cell, bypasses the control

room’s electronic lock command.

 

However, it does not describe exactly how Cropper’s lock was spun.  But the reported written record rarely tells the truth:

 

An inmate could do it himself from inside of his cell rigging it to unlock at the pull of a string!

 

Deputy Warden Ron Odom at Perryville’s San Juan Unit became so distraught over the loss of one of his beloved officer’s that he suffered a massive heart attack shortly after the murder and passed away.  Ron Odom was loved by all who worked with him at San Juan.  Odom ran a tight ship based upon “mutual inclusivity.”  Some described it as “family.” 

 

There was rumor of a waiting list of 400 officers who wanted to work for Mr. Odom because he took such good care of his employees.  It was unheard of in ADOC and nothing like it exists today.  ADOC administrators could learn from the magnificent model Mr. Ron Odom provided.

 

Why did Ron have a heart attack?  The stress was too much for him.  Ron knew Lumley’s death could have & should have been prevented.  Who was the culprit?  And how?

 

Over the course of a year, DW Odom wrote ADOC Central Office requesting repairs to the cell locks in his unit due to his concern for the safety of his officers.  Every three (3) months like clockwork, he’d receive a denial of his request for new locks [urgent security matters] because ADOC didn’t have the money.

 

Who wrote the letters?  Who signed those denials?

 

Chuck Ryan!

 

According to my informant, Charles Ryan signed off on at least three (3) letters denying DW Odom’s request for locks to protect his officers!

 

Why?

 

Because ADOC didn’t have the money! 

 

Nevertheless, right after Lumley’s murder, which could have been prevented by installing locks that could not be “turned,” ADOC found even more money and installed secure locks & new doors at almost double the original estimate!

 

AND

 

At the cost of Officer Brent Lumley’s life!

 

 

 

Neither Governor Napolitano nor Arizona Department of Corrections Director Schriro is fit for Public Service!

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

 

Folks—

 

If there ever was a show to listen to it will be today’s.  This is such a powerful topic or series of topics that it’ll be highly emotionally charged, at least for me because the issues at hand are affecting me so directly.

 

Feel free to call in today and help me keep on track.  These are issues which are politically explosive as I discuss openly why I believe neither Governor Napolitano nor Arizona Department of Corrections Director Schriro is fit for public service.

 

 

DON’T MISS TODAY’S SHOW!

 

Enjoy!