Thursday, September 2, 2010

No Criminal Charges Filed In Inmate Heat Death - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix

No Criminal Charges Filed In Inmate Heat Death - Phoenix News Story - KPHO Phoenix

PHOENIX -- Officials said inmate Marcia Powell was kept in an outdoor cage for hours. She didn't survive, and now the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has decided not to prosecute the people who put her there.

Donna Hamm has been an inmate rights activist for more than three decades, but cases like this one still catch her off guard.

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

"Her core body temp was 108, her eyeballs were dry, her mouth was parched," Hamm said.
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.

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