Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest. It is the final day of reprieve from what many in the working world suffer through for a full 5/7th of the week (that’s math my friends). Life on the inside, or in the pen, the big house if you will, must not work the same. On Sunday morning 400 prisoners in the Arizona State prison complex in Tuscon decided it would be a day of unrest.
The Tuscon Sentinel reports that the fight seems to have been approximately 300 white and Hispanic prisoners fighting with approximately 100 black prisoners. There is also a school of thought that states that the minimum security prison is approaching an overcrowding situation. The Whetstone unit, where the fight broke out, is a 1250 bed unit housing 1242 inmates.
Though the cause of the riot is as yet unknown, racial tensions and overcrowding are not out of the ordinary in our prison system. Arizona prisons are often so packed that prisoners can escape undetected, so it is surprising that the unit is so close to capacity. Had this prison been in Iowa, one might suspect that Jose Angel Perales stole someone’s garter belt resulting in an all out slap-down.
Reports indicate that 2 staffers and 17 inmates were injured during the fight. It was certainly minor by Attica standards, though prison authorities have really laid down the law in the after math. All visits for the day have been cancelled to ensure the prison is secure.
What this likely means is that all conjugal visits are postponed until further notice. Regular prison sex will continue as per usual, but there might be a slight delay in outside delivery of cigarettes, drugs, weaponry, and other contraband items.