Retiring Arizona Prison Watch...

This site was originally started in July 2009 as an independent endeavor to monitor conditions in Arizona's criminal justice system, as well as offer some critical analysis of the prison industrial complex from a prison abolitionist/anarchist's perspective. It was begun in the aftermath of the death of Marcia Powell, a 48 year old AZ state prisoner who was left in an outdoor cage in the desert sun for over four hours while on a 10-minute suicide watch. That was at ASPC-Perryville, in Goodyear, AZ, in May 2009.

Marcia, a seriously mentally ill woman with a meth habit sentenced to the minimum mandatory 27 months in prison for prostitution was already deemed by society as disposable. She was therefore easily ignored by numerous prison officers as she pleaded for water and relief from the sun for four hours. She was ultimately found collapsed in her own feces, with second degree burns on her body, her organs failing, and her body exceeding the 108 degrees the thermometer would record. 16 officers and staff were disciplined for her death, but no one was ever prosecuted for her homicide. Her story is here.

Marcia's death and this blog compelled me to work for the next 5 1/2 years to document and challenge the prison industrial complex in AZ, most specifically as manifested in the Arizona Department of Corrections. I corresponded with over 1,000 prisoners in that time, as well as many of their loved ones, offering all what resources I could find for fighting the AZ DOC themselves - most regarding their health or matters of personal safety.

I also began to work with the survivors of prison violence, as I often heard from the loved ones of the dead, and learned their stories. During that time I memorialized the Ghosts of Jan Brewer - state prisoners under her regime who were lost to neglect, suicide or violence - across the city's sidewalks in large chalk murals. Some of that art is here.

In November 2014 I left Phoenix abruptly to care for my family. By early 2015 I was no longer keeping up this blog site, save occasional posts about a young prisoner in solitary confinement in Arpaio's jail, Jessie B.

I'm deeply grateful to the prisoners who educated, confided in, and encouraged me throughout the years I did this work. My life has been made all the more rich and meaningful by their engagement.

I've linked to some posts about advocating for state prisoner health and safety to the right, as well as other resources for families and friends. If you are in need of additional assistance fighting the prison industrial complex in Arizona - or if you care to offer some aid to the cause - please contact the Phoenix Anarchist Black Cross at PO Box 7241 / Tempe, AZ 85281.

until all are free -

MARGARET J PLEWS (June 1, 2015)


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Hard Time: Hep C in AZ Prisons - Liver Life Walk


Join The Prison Abolitionist, Arizona Prison Watch, Friends of Marcia Powell, and Hard Time's friends and family of prisoners with Hepatitis C for the Phoenix Liver Life Walk, benefiting the American Liver Foundation. Dogs Welcome! Registration info below. 

Contact for more info or to get an awesome "Hard Time Hep C..." t-shirt.

Raise awareness about the epidemic of hepatitis behind bars.
Walk with “Hard Time: Hep C in Arizona Prisons” friends and families.
Register on-line today with Julie Acklin’s team, “A Mother’s Cry” at the Liver Foundation:

 Liver Life Walk Phoenix

Spend your Saturday morning with family and friends while supporting the American Liver Foundation's eighth annual dog friendly & fundraising Liver Life Walk.

March 20th, 2010 (8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Hosted by American Liver Foundation
Steele Indian School Park
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300 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Registration begins: 8:30 a.m.
5K/1K Walk starts: 9:30 a.m.
Festivities: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Walkers, recruited through corporations, the medical community, school groups and the general public will participate in this energizing event!

Held annually, the Liver Life Walk Phoenix will be the American Liver Foundation – Desert Southwest Division's eighth dog friendly walk. With food, entertainment, and prizes, this 5k/1k walk promises to be a great time for all ages. Walkers can visit the Family Expo to gather information from family & dog oriented companies. Individual and team walkers are encouraged to attend. The Liver Life Walk is a fundraising event and donations are encouraged.

Raise awareness about the epidemic of hepatitis behind bars.
Walk with “Hard Time: Hep C in Arizona Prisons” friends and families.
Register on-line today with Julie Acklin’s team, “A Mother’s Cry” at the Liver Foundation:

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