Over at SCmkII
Rose Karuna is encouraging people to point this out to anyone at the federal level of the USA government. She wrote to John McCain:
"Dear Senator McCain,
Are you aware of the death of inmate Marcia Powell? Powell, 48, died May 20, 2009, after being kept in a human cage in Goodyear's Perryville Prison for at least four hours in the blazing Arizona sun.
This, despite a prison policy limiting such outside confinement to a maximum of two hours. The county medical examiner found the cause of death to be due to complications from heat exposure. Her core body temperature upon examination was 108 degrees Fahrenheit. She suffered burns and blisters all over her body.
Witnesses say she was repeatedly denied water by corrections officers, though the c.o.'s deny this. The weather the day she collapsed from the heat (May 19 -- she died in the early morning hours of May 20) arched just above a 107 degree high.
The reason that I'm sending you this is because the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has chosen not to prosecute. I think it is truly terrifying that someone could do this to another human being in the US without any reprocussions.
I just thought, since you abhor torture that you would want to know.
Jen added, "What bothers me most about this woman's story is that she was a mental patient turned out onto the street, and left to her own devices wound up a prostitute, and then dead. Odds are she was in need of meds and counselling, and instead she got tossed into a roaster by untrained prison staff who were not equipped to deal with her issues."
posted by - 12:13 PM