MARGARET J PLEWS
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PHOENIX, AZ 85036

arizonaprisonwatch@gmail.com

480-580-6807

Established: July 18, 2009
Editor: Peggy Plews


This site is to offer some critical analysis of the prison industrial complex in Arizona from a prison abolitionist's perspective. Abolitionism is an anti-colonialist articulation of a vision of racial and economic justice, one in which we don't submit to or depend on the prison industrial complex to brutalize the "duly convicted" (and their loved ones) as a response to harm, as a preventative measure out of fear, or as a means of assuring social order. It's an optimistic vision which presumes that our society collectively evolves, both morally and socially, such that the root causes of criminalization and incarceration are addressed before we produce more generations of people being allowed to hurt eachother. The current system doesn't prevent people from being victimized - it just prescribes rules for who does and doesn't get to hurt or be hurt in America. That's not a good enough foundation for a system truly based on achieving justice.

Prison abolitionism argues that we don't simply need to shut down the prisons: we need to rewrite the way the rules around perpetrating harm against people and property are made in the first place, so that humanity, not profit (or state "savings", as the case may be) comes first. From re-prioritizing our world, our ideas around what is crime and how to punish it would look much differently...Critical Resistance is a good source for more info on that.

I'm just a freelance writer and artist, by the way, but if you are the loved one of a prisoner and need help, feel free to contact me. Emailing me works best: arizonaprisonwatch@gmail.com but 480-580-6807 is ok too.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

CCA Red Rock Correctional Loses Contract

Bet we fill them as fast as they get emptied...
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Corrections Corp. loses Alaska contract
Monday, August 10, 2009, 2:33pm
Nashville Business Journal

Corrections Corporation of America lost its contract with Alaska to house up to 1,000 inmates.

The Nashville-based prison manager (NYSE: CXW) houses about 765 Alaskan inmates at the firm's 1,596-bed Red Rock Correctional Center in Arizona. The contract expired June 30, and the Alaska Department of Corrections selected another provider in its recent bid process.

Corrections Corp. said it expects the state will begin transferring its inmates out of Red Rock in December, and the company plans to market the available beds to other state and federal customers. The corrections firm houses about 650 inmates from the states of California, Washington and Hawaii at the Red Rock facility.

Corrections Corp. is the nation's largest corrections manager for government agencies.

"We are very disappointed to have not been selected by the Alaska Department of Corrections, a long standing customer of ours. We will work closely with the Alaska Department of Corrections to ensure a smooth transition out of the Red Rock facility," said Damon Hininger, president of Corrections Corp. "Although at the present moment, we do not have another customer lined up to fill the vacant beds, these beds are located in a market that is very attractive to a variety of state and federal customers."

Corrections Corporation of America owns 12,180 beds in the state of Arizona, which are fully occupied, including the 765 beds currently used by Alaska.

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