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AFSC-Arizona staff are amazing advocates for prisoners - and as such, are true blessings to our communities. Spend time on their site - lots of resources.

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. collective@phoenixabc.org

until all are free -

MARGARET J PLEWS (June 1, 2015)
arizonaprisonwatch@gmail.com



AZ Prison Watch BLOG POSTS:


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Isle inmate is killed in Arizona prison

Source: Star Bulletin
By Leila Fujimori

Feb 20, 2010

An inmate from Hawaii who would have completed a five-year prison term for burglary on Oct. 31 was killed in an Arizona prison Thursday morning.

Hawaii Public Safety Director Clayton Frank said the Public Safety Department is sending a four-person investigative team today to Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., to look into the death of Bronson Nunuha, 26, of Maui.

The Eloy Police Department has not made any arrests yet, but has been interviewing several inmates, he said yesterday during a news conference.

Cousin Lilynn Nunuha said of Bronson Nunuha's parents: "They're hurt. They're sad. He was going to be released in 10 more months.

"We don't actually know what happened," she said. "All we know was there was a fight and he was killed."

Any one or more of the 40 inmates who shared the living unit in which his cell is located could have been involved in Nunuha's death, Frank said. His cellmate was away from the cell at the time, Frank said. But at the time Nunuha was found, the unit was not locked down.

Nunuha's cell door was closed but unlocked when a prison guard making her rounds discovered him unresponsive at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Frank said. The guard immediately deployed an alarm signal and alerted her superiors, and prison medical personnel were summoned to the cell. Emergency personnel also responded but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Frank said.

Except for five inmates from Washington state, the remaining prisoners at Saguaro, numbering 1,900, are from Hawaii.

Frank said he has concerns about the death penalty in Arizona, which could affect any of the Hawaii inmates, who could be suspected in Nunuha's death.

Saguaro Correctional Center is a private, multilevel security facility owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America and contracted to house Hawaii state inmates, according to the Department of Public Safety. It is situated halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.
Nunuha was convicted in 2006 on Maui of two counts of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; one count of attempted second-degree burglary; and third-degree criminal property damage. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

He was also convicted of crimes ranging from petty theft to auto theft.
Police, the Corrections Corporation of America, the Public Safety investigators and the facility will be reviewing surveillance tapes as part of their investigation into the death.

An inmate from Hawaii who would have completed a five-year prison term for burglary on Oct. 31 was killed in an Arizona prison Thursday morning.

Hawaii Public Safety Director Clayton Frank said the Public Safety Department is sending a four-person investigative team today to Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., to look into the death of Bronson Nunuha, 26, of Maui.

The Eloy Police Department has not made any arrests yet, but has been interviewing several inmates, he said yesterday during a news conference.

Cousin Lilynn Nunuha said of Bronson Nunuha's parents: "They're hurt. They're sad. He was going to be released in 10 more months.

"We don't actually know what happened," she said. "All we know was there was a fight and he was killed."

Any one or more of the 40 inmates who shared the living unit in which his cell is located could have been involved in Nunuha's death, Frank said. His cellmate was away from the cell at the time, Frank said. But at the time Nunuha was found, the unit was not locked down.
Nunuha's cell door was closed but unlocked when a prison guard making her rounds discovered him unresponsive at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Frank said. The guard immediately deployed an alarm signal and alerted her superiors, and prison medical personnel were summoned to the cell. Emergency personnel also responded but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Frank said.

Except for five inmates from Washington state, the remaining prisoners at Saguaro, numbering 1,900, are from Hawaii.

Frank said he has concerns about the death penalty in Arizona, which could affect any of the Hawaii inmates, who could be suspected in Nunuha's death.

Saguaro Correctional Center is a private, multilevel security facility owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America and contracted to house Hawaii state inmates, according to the Department of Public Safety. It is situated halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.
Nunuha was convicted in 2006 on Maui of two counts of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; one count of attempted second-degree burglary; and third-degree criminal property damage. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

He was also convicted of crimes ranging from petty theft to auto theft.
Police, the Corrections Corporation of America, the Public Safety investigators and the facility will be reviewing surveillance tapes as part of their investigation into the death.

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See also: AZ Central. RIP, Bronson.

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