On August 3, 2009 Bennie Tucker (090399) passed away on the Manzanita Unit at the
Perhaps there was no fanfare over Tucker because he was doing time for multiple counts of child molestation and they figured no one would care. Maybe his family asked to keep it low key - I don't know. Nevertheless, for the sake of institutional transparency it seems that if the ADC is going to post some death notices, they ought to post them all, lest they leave us with the impression that either there aren’t as many in-custody deaths as there really are, that some prisoners deserve to be neglected, or that the ADC is culpable in some of these deaths. The way Tucker died demands that the ADC provide some sort of public explanation. As is noted below, there were no medical staff even on a unit of terminally ill men, while it was my understanding that every prison had medical personnel someplace on the grounds 24/7.
This does not bode well for transforming that whole place into a prison for people with medical needs.
I discovered this in a prisoner’s blog, by the way, which I'm posting excerpts of below so as not to identify the author. I have also left out the name of the CO who refused to help him: but I’ll be sharing that with the ADC. Either they are not aware of COII “B”s actions in this matter, or they don’t think they constitute serious enough of a concern to suspend and investigate him. In either case, in addition to posting this I’ll be forwarding it on to ADC administration with a request for clarification on whether or not it is acceptable practice to withhold medical attention from dying men if one finds their crimes to be hideous enough. I think they will agree that it is not.
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Another Death on Manzanita
Another prisoner on Manzanita Unit has died. Despite Housing Unit 6 being a medical unit with dying inmates, no medical staff were on the unit to help. Ironically, the deceased worked in HU6, but lived in HU4. The orangeman who passed, I had known for many years and although not a 'friend' of mine was a friendly man who was opposed to drugs and was a peaceful, passive guy. The following account of the incident is based on numerous witness statements:
On August 02, 2009 at around 11:15 p.m., inmate Tucker approached the HU4 control room clutching his chest and told COII “B” that he was having chest pains and his left side was partially numb. Tucker requested medical care. COII “B” did not get Tucker medical attention, essentially dismissing him.
At around 12:50 a.m., Tucker woke his bunk mate and asked him to get COII “B”. Tucker was feeling bad and thought he was experiencing a heart attack. His bunk mate immediately went and told COII “B” about Tucker's medical problem. “B” told Tucker's bunk mate that if Tucker was having problems, Tucker needed to tell him, himself. Tucker's bunk mate told “B” that Tucker needed immediate medical care; “B” did nothing.
Meanwhile, another COII entered the door to do his nightly security walk. Tucker's bunk mate informed this COII of Tucker's medical emergency. This COII immediately checked on Tucker, who was unresponsive, and began CPR; he also directed COII “B” to call 911. “B” did nothing, while another COII responding to the medical emergency the 2nd COII initiated, dialed 911.
After half an hour of being revived by CPR multiple times by the COII and being unconscious for around an hour, Tucson Fire Rescue arrived.
COII “B” did NOTHING to prevent Tucker's death.
On August 03, 2009, less than 24 hours after callously disregarding Tucker's life and health, “B” was working HU1 control room (where I live).
Local news has announced that the ADOC plans to relocate thousands of
Top state officials are doing and will do anything to pinch a penny right now; everything except releasing non-violent offenders who post little risk to the public. Shame!
It would be interesting to see what amount of tax-dollars are being spent on Tucson Fire Dept. responding to the Tucson prison complex to provide emergency care to prisoners that ADOC neglects. TFD is at the prison complex often enough to have a station across the street. I guess it is cheaper to let Tucson Fire and Rescue provide care than to let ADOC do it... at least for ADOC it is.