FOOD and WATER supply still a problem at the TUCSON CATALINA UNIT VISITATION

as of 10/26/2008
There continues to be problems getting food or water during the 7-hour visitation day at the Tucson Catalina Unit. In total there are two food machines, one snack machine, one coffee machine and two soda machines. If they were all in working order all of the time there would be plenty of food and drinks for the visitors. Unfortunately, there is ALWAYS AT LEAST TWO machines that are out of order on any given weekend day! This past weekend, only ONE of the food machine's was working, the snack machine was broken, the "new" food-machine was broken (and has been for the last two to three weekends in a row), the coffee machine had no coffee and BOTH soda machine's were out of water. On Saturday there was very little food in the one food machine that was actually working so it was really a matter of luck if you were able to eat or not. I don't know about you all, but to go 7 hours (plus travel time which in many cases is another 2 hours) without food is NOT asking for too much. I'm not sure what is going on over at the Tucson Catalina Unit but the fact that the food situation continues to get worse and worse is unacceptable. At some point we need to decide whether this is a violation of our civil rights. How hard is it to provide food and water during visitation? Can DOC get away with this? As far as I know this is one of the few yards with that problem. SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP and get this problem fixed!!! PLEASE!!!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was there too and you know what I noticed? The guy who fills up the snack machine kept showing up to fill it but couldn't FIX it! NOTHING needed to filled because it was OUT OF ORDER all weekend but he didn't seem to care about that. What a moron!

Anonymous said...

This past weekend (11/1 and 11/2)was the same way. One food machine broken and the snack machine was still broken too. I saw some of the visitors getting snacks from the CO's though. I guess they have a working snack machine in the admin building or something. At least they can sympathize with us!

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Anonymous said...

Problems were still there this past weekend 11/8 and 11/9. Coke machine was broken and snack machine only worked part of the time. It's really annoying..I agree! How hard is it to get things working!

Anonymous said...

Problems continue - the one snack machine remains broken!!!

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Anonymous said...

the way that you solve this problem is eat before you show up. the inmates have the same option also. they can go to breakfast. second you do have a water fountain that is supplied with well water that is more filtered than bottled water. third maybe next time they shouldn't come to prison. or maybe they should just make all visits none contact. you guys cry like your loved ones never did anything wrong well the stole someone car, what about the person the murdered they aren't crying about a bottle of water. or the child that they molested or raped. they have bigger issues to worry about because they have to live with this there whole life. so why don't you think of who your love ones effected first. o wait you are probly going to say they didn't do it. ummmmmm yeah they did that is why they are here

Anonymous said...

It's narrow-minded ignorant people like you who only exacerbate the problem. The visits are all day. Even if you eat before you go in, you still have to eat at some point while you are there. They don't even serve the inmates lunch on visit days so the inmates have to eat during visitation. Your "solution" then is that someone in prison should not be entitled to food or water simply because they are in prison and in your opinion did something to deserve being there? Good one. That's just genius! How long did it take you to come up with that? People are people regardless of what they've done and are entitled to food and water...period! Just wait until you have a loved one locked up. Don't think it will happen? Think again. More than half of the people on minimum yards are there for ridiculous reasons and so that Arizona can prove that it is tough on crime. Don't be an idiot. Think before you speak.

Anonymous said...

I have read all of the posts in this blog, and I would have to say that most if not all of you are being quite harsh. I work the Catalina unit and I am there every Saturday and I have NEVER had anyone complain to me about ANY of these issues. The Officers job is to OBSERVE , which , get this, may require them to actually LOOK at you...This last weekend 2 visitors were turned away for trying to smuggle 4 cellphones into visitation in their shoes. Thats why we look at you, thats why we are sometimes quite insitant about searching. I try to make Catalina unit a positive expirence for your inmates, and I do walk and talk with them, on the yard and in visitation. I understand your illwill toward the agency that holds your inmate, but remember, it was not DOC that put them there, we did not ask for them to stay with us.Also if you think we're that bad , just wait until the Gov. sells the facilities to a private organization, wait until those $7.50 an hour " gaurds" are in charge, you'll be able to do whatever you want, drugs, cellphones, boy won't you have fun then.....

Anonymous said...

It is so unfortunate that the crimes that inmates commit also make the families victims. I understand the need to be near them but the rules of visitation were determined by those scum bags that bring drugs in shoved up their vaginas then to have the inmate shove it up his rectum to bring it in, then the couple who have sex in front of children or finger their old lady under the table. Not to mention the cell phones which are smuggled in so they can set up drug deals and run criminal organizations from behind bars. I am sure that you who post here may have some legitimate complaints but the bottom line is not everyone is an innocent visitor victimized by the mean officers.... Get real folks, you should be treated with respect and rules should be enforced with consistency. No doubt, but understand security of the public is number 1 and if it inconveniences you have to understand that these rules protect your loved ones. Contraband and drugs, cell phones endanger your loved ones. It is a felony to introduce these items but for some reason some idiot listens to the poor inmate and brings it in. Don't continue to be victimized by the poor inmate who is mistreated. By the way use the comment cards they are read and action is taken as a result of them. If you don't get results contact the prison administration or constituent services, they do assist. By the way I to have loved ones locked up and they do actually act up in prison and blame everyone but themselves. They have tried to take advantage of me just like yours will try to take advantage of you. You should all know that so many of your so called loved ones who say you are the one and only have more than one female visitor come and see them, write them and send them money. There are exceptions to the rules as it relates to inmates but be smart.
signed a concerned wife

Anonymous said...

Nicely put, and oh so true. The other day an inmate turned his wife and children away because his girl friend was visiting, his wife had driver 5 hours to bring the children to see this scumbag and he turns them away. But he'll be on the phone in a couple of days begging for money from her ,and the fucking sad part is that she'll send him some, so he can get high, gamble or pay some chito to suck his dick or do him in the ass. ASnd you just can't wait for you man to get home, actually it's kinda cool, he'll come home with HIV or HEP and give it to you, you'll both die and the problem is solved....

Anonymous said...

Ok people, i dont know if ure criminal relative or friend has told you BUT its NOT a level 1 yard anymore!!!! we have alot of 2/3 scored inmates. which means to an officer "dont turn ure back" its natural that ured hate us the same way ure inmate does, but WE didnt put him there! dont blame DOC or its staff for ure people's bad decisions. Not all but MOST of this new population are pieces of crap! Just the type i like to F#$k with!!!!! after these comments i PRAY its one of ure people!!!!!

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This is really a sad and bad news that such official departments have no resources to cope up with such situations,just like Bhopal. Find the latest news

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