Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville

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Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville
Location Goodyear, Arizona
Status open
Security class mixed
Capacity 2,382
Opened 1981
Managed by Arizona Department of Corrections

Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville is one of 13 prison facilities operated by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).[1] ASPC-Perryville is located in Goodyear, Arizona.

ASPC-Perryville's Lumley Unit houses the female death row.[2]

In 1981, three units of the Perryville Complex, San Pedro, Santa Cruz, and San Juan, for minimum and medium custody male inmates was opened. In May 1982, Santa Maria Unit, for all custody levels of female inmates, began admitting inmates. ASPC-Perryville was converted to an all female facility in 2000. ASP-Yuma, a 250-bed adult male prison which opened in 1987 became a part of the Perryville Complex in October 1992 until November 1995 when it became its own prison complex Arizona State Prison Complex - Yuma. Four of the housing units at ASPC-Perryville are named after Brent W. Lumley, an ADC correctional officer who was killed in the line of duty.[3]

ASPC-Perryville has an inmate capacity of approximately 2,382 in 8 housing units and 2 special use units at security levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. The ADC uses a score classification system to assess inmates appropriate custody and security level placement. The scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest risk or need. ASPC-Perryville is a modern, medium to high security prison. Recently, a new yard has opened allowing minimum security men to be kept.[citation needed]

Death of Marcia Powell[edit]

Marcia Powell was a 48-year-old inmate who died May 20, 2009 after exposure to 107-degree temperatures for four hours in an outside cage at Perryville Prison. Prison policy limits such outside confinement to a maximum of two hours.[4] An autopsy report showed that Powell had first- and second-degree burns and a core body temperature of 108 degrees. She suffered burn blisters all over her body. The county medical examiner found the cause of death to be due to complications from heat exposure.[5]

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Jodi Arias - murderer of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander[6]
  • Sue Ellen Allen - Author of the non-fiction autobiographical novel Slumber Party from Hell. The book is a recount of her time in the prison especially regarding her cell mate Gina, who died from leukemia. Allen went on to found "Gina's Team": a nonprofit organization which provides support, motivation and resources for pre-and-post release offenders.
  • Charlotte Willenzik - The "Bank Robber Babe," who served her sentence at Perryville where she worked to establish the first high school diploma program. Willenzik went on after her release to found a couple of different organizations to help the homeless and persons suffering from addiction.
  • Wendi Andriano

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Coordinates: 33°28′14″N 112°26′30″W / 33.47056°N 112.44167°W / 33.47056; -112.44167