May 14, 2009
Today, the Manzanita unit awoke to a complex-wide lock-down. Within minutes we orangemen had the story. Whether the details are accurate, only two orangemen involved know for sure.
Around 8:30 pm last night (inmate headcount) guards noticed that two inmates were missing from the Cimmaron unit, a High Medium Unit located inside the Tucson Prison complexes' perimeter fence. Ironically, for this reason, AZ's sex offenders, murderers, violent offenders, etc. are supposed to be kept behind no less than two security fences, such as inside the complex. VERY SMART.
Hours later, the pair was found hiding out in a ditch. Still inside the complexes' perimeter. Due to the large size of the complex, with its open fields, marsh-like swaths of land and its own wildlife, including water fowl, I suspect they thought they'd escaped. LOL
Last I heard, Former Manzanita Deputy Warden Bradley was now at Cimmaron unit replacing Manzanita unit's current Deputy Warden after fatally violent incidents occured there.
Manzanita unit, despite not being inside the complexes' perimeter fence, has 300 plus medium securitys, including sex offenders, murderers, lifers, etc., being housed with 80 plus minimum security, non-violent or dangerous short-timers, including myself.
Apparently, based on statements by Manzanita staff and Director Ryan made to me and other minimums here, this breach of inmate and public safety is former Director Schriro's doing and due to budgetary reason is not likely to be remedied.
*NOTICE TO PUBLIC*
Manzanita unit administrators, Tucson Complex administrators, and ADOC Central Office top administrators have been formally and informally informed of what's going on here. For months now they have all failed to act, with deliberate indifference.
Arizona Civil Liberties Union Legal Director, Daniel Pochoda, is apprised of the situation here too.
Who is responsible for insuring public and inmate safety??
6 days ago