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.
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.
A sixth rally will be held at Pima County Jail, May 6, to spread awareness, mourn, and build connection. 12 people died in the jail since January 2021, some within a week of going in. “We have to keep coming out so that change is made,” said Julissa Madero whose boyfriend Jacob Miranda, 22, died in the jail in October 2021. Join Us!
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.
A protest was held outside of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex on Friday, February 11, 2022 following the deaths of twelve people in the jail since January 2021. The protest fell on the birthday of Cruz Patino Jr. III, who died in the jail in August 2021.
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.
On Saturday, November 4, 2021, protest was called by a coalition of individuals and groups in Tucson who are concerned about the effect that law enforcement and their violence have on our communities. about 150 people who came with their own goals and intentions, drawn together by the common cause of holding the Tucson Police Department (TPD) and the Pima County Sheriffs to account for their actions. Submitted by Anonymous. Originally published on Living and Fighting.
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.