Tucson Police and police are quick to pat themselves on the back for their supposedly progressive arrest deflection program. The truth is, their program isn’t working. Cops out of Crisis. Defund TPD. Shut down the Pima County Jail. INVEST in our communities.
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.
On April 12, Hector Daniel Sandoval’s mother called the mental health crisis line. Instead of help, TPD showed up and took him to Pima County Jail. Getting Hector out NOW could be the difference between life and death. Call-In and Demand Hector’s Release!
In 2021, 11 Individuals, Including Young Cee-Jay (Cruz Patino), Sadly Lost Their Life In Pima County Jail. HELP! “Shine A Light” On Pima County Jail & Their Unjust, Negligent, & Unsafe Policies, Procedures, & Staff Conduct. Sign The Petition!
The Pima County jail reported a decade-high number of deaths in 2021. Amid scrutiny the Sheriff’s Department is facing for the deaths and outcry from advocates and family members of deceased inmates, Supervisor Matt Heinz put a discussion with Sheriff Nanos on the Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday’s agenda.
In 2021, one person died in Pima County Jail approximately every 31 days – the majority of them young men of color “found unresponsive in their cells.” As of Feb 2, 2022, two more young men of color have already died in the 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.
When Frances Guzman found out her son, Cruz Patiño Jr. III, 22, had been arrested July 30, 2021, she scheduled a visit for August 3. The Pima County Sheriff’s Office called her a few hours before her visit, informing her that her son had been found unresponsive in his cell. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead.