Wade Welch was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention center on August 15, 2022. Just two days later, on August 17, reports of his death emerged. Wade is the 24th person to die in jail custody since February 2020.
Today. We remember the life of Wade Welch. We honor his memory, we offer condolences to his family and we promise that his death will not go unanswered.
Tucson, AZ – A crowd of about 60 people slowly converged on the empty plaza and parking lots of Pima County Jail Friday night. At moments the event seemed less like a protest and more like the funeral processions of six fallen youths that converged in a single place and erupted into a furious, atonal chorus of grief and anger.
Pima County Sheriff’s Department has placed the jail on lockdown in an attempt to punish those who they’ve been neglecting and killing an our attempts to draw attention to the callous and brutal nature of the Pima County Jail.
In the early hours of May 30, 2021, Justin Crook had a seizure on his way home from work. When Tucson Police (TPD) officers arrived on the scene, they ran Crook’s name, found he had a warrant for a probation violation and several misdemeanors, and arrested him. Less than 24 hours later, Justin Crook, 29, was found dead in cell #13 of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.