AZ: Female inmate dies after left in outdoor holding cell

10:10 AM Mountain Standard Time on Thursday, May 21, 2009
By Jennifer Thomas /

PHOENIX — A female inmate at the Perryville state prison died after spending four hours in an outdoor holding cell, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

While waiting to be moved to a detention unit, Marcia Powell, 48, was placed in an outside, uncovered, chain-linked holding cell at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She collapsed at 2:40 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital. Powell was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Continue reading