March 22, 2010
"There's 50 pounds of brown sugar missing from the kitchen and weapons grade steel missing from one of the housing units! Give em up and the cell searches will stop!" a CO announced, as three other CO's and a Sargent began to ransack the cells on my run.
"The kick-plates on the doors here are aluminum, not steel, and it was missing when we got here!" an orangeman yelled from the cluster of angry prisoners watching their stuff being messed up. "What the fuck? 50 pounds of sugar or a piece of steel isn't in my Tylenol bottle!" another orangeman added, seeing the bottle fly out of his cell, bouncing around the hallway. It was obvious that this shakedown wasn't only to look for missing things.
The missing piece of metal was missing upon our arrival, according to the guys in that cellblock, but better safe than sorry when it comes to locating weapons if they exist on a yard. Ironically, COs did find multiple pieces of steel rebar in the ground with their metal detectors. Obviously left from the unit's construction days judging by the rusted condition. Steel rebar has been used as a weapon in prisons and jails for ages and I've seen heads caved in, bones broken and big gaping holes in bodies caused by this nasty stuff. It's scary stuff!
The kick-plate was never found. Nor the sugar. But the fact remains that tons of "weapon-grade" material was, and is missing from the new unit that ADOC is leasing, and the buildings are falling apart and can easily be scavenged by anyone. The tax dollars ADDED to ADOC's budget for this unit; callously taken from Az's Public Health Care and Education, should at least cover needed repairs and such to the facility. If our state government chooses to turn its back on its most vulnerable and needy citizens to give to the prison system, it should not be allowed to ignore its responsibility to protect its prisoners' safety as well as the prison staff. There's more to safely running a prison than turning the lights on and adding prisoners and staff.
Regarding the missing sugar: I work in the kitchen and get strip-searched when leaving. How did 50 lbs. of brown sugar get out of the kitchen?
Blog administrator note: Readers are invited to answer that "rhetorical" question about the missing sugar with their own ideas and guesses.
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