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Should charges be filed?

PHOENIX -- Inmate Marcia Powell was kept in an outdoor cage in the desert for hours in 2009, until she died, according to Perryville Prison officials.
But the Maricopa County Attorney's Office on Wednesday decided not to prosecute anyone in the case, saying the evidence isn't there and there are too many conflicting statements.

Powell was put in one of the outdoor holding units in May 2009, where she was left in the sun for four hours, prison officials said.

"Her core body temp was 108, her eyeballs were dry, her mouth was parched," said Donna Hamm, an inmate rights activist.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:06 AM on Sep. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Charges should be filed. She is dead and was obvoiusly denied basic water and needs.

    Answer by KARRIEMARIE at 10:22 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • where was the inmate rights activist before? Did she not think it was wrong for putting inmates outside in cages? I guess they only show up when shit goes wrong...

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:09 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Wow. I am speechless. I've heard of bad stuff happening to people in prison before, but nothing like that. Someone should be prosecuted.

    Answer by SAHMomOf3 at 9:12 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • That is awful and yes the person responsible should be prosecuted. I don't think they should prosecute someone just for the sake of prosecuting though.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:25 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • That's terrible...I don't care what you've done, you shouldn't be treated like that to the point of death

    Answer by BradensMom1026 at 9:08 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • The state Medical Examiner's Office listed Powell's official cause of death as dehydration and said she had numerous first- and second-degree burns on her face and body from being put in direct sunlight with no shade.

    "There are people who are charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide in this country who leave their baby in a couple inches bathwater to go out and answer a cell phone or to check a mailbox, and they're successfully prosecuted," said Hamm.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:06 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Wow thats awful! but unfortunatly we might be dealing with a cover up or something. Or maybe they dont know who the responsible person is cause veryone is pointing the finger. As bad as this is they might just not know who did it.

    Answer by Finkette at 9:08 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • As bad as this is they might just not know who did it.



    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:28 AM on Sep. 7, 2010