Last Friday, 2/22/13, Channel 12 News KPNX in Phoenix, AZ reported on the two-year death of Tony Lester, a prisoner in the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) who bled to death from self-inflicted cuts as ADC staff looked on. Reporter, Wendy Halloran fought for two years to bring this tragic story to light. ADC Director Ryan tried to stop the damning video from being shown at all.
What the video shows is unconscionable and must be confronted. People who are in prison deserve better care and attention than this. Being in prison should not mean a the end to mental health care or quick, adequate emergency response. Please watch the six minute video below. We strongly encourage people to send notes of support for this type of critical investigative journalism to firstname.lastname@example.org so that it is made known that the public expects continued attention to these all-too-common tragedies behind bars.