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)

AZ Prison Watch BLOG POSTS:

Monday, May 3, 2010

NCCHC Health Care Links

National Commission on Correctional Health Care Links

NCCHC has partnered with the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals to cosponsor the best educational conferences and other programs. To learn how membership can benefit you, visit the Academy at www.correctionalhealth.org.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations
NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections.

Academy of Correctional Health Professionals www.correctionalhealth.org
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry www.aacap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
American Academy of Physician Assistants www.aapa.org
American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law www.aapl.org
American Association of Public Health Physicians www.aaphp.org
American Bar Association www.abanet.org
American College of Emergency Physicians www.acep.org
American College of Healthcare Executives www.ache.org
American College of Neuropsychiatrists www.osteopathic.org
American College of Physicians www.acponline.org
American College of Preventive Medicine www.acpm.org
American Correctional Health Services Association www.corrections.com/achsa
American Counseling Association www.counseling.org
American Dental Association www.ada.org
American Dietetic Association www.eatright.org
American Health Information Management Association www.ahima.org
American Jail Association www.corrections.com/aja
American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org
American Nurses Association www.ana.org
American Osteopathic Association www.osteopathic.org
American Pharmacists Association www.aphanet.org
American Psychiatric Association www.psych.org
American Psychological Association www.apa.org
American Public Health Association www.apha.org
American Society of Addiction Medicine www.asam.org
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials www.astho.org
International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology www.aa4cfp.org
John Howard Association www.john-howard.org
National Association of Counties www.naco.org
National Association of County and City Health Officials www.naccho.org
National Association of Social Workers www.socialworkers.org
National District Attorneys Association www.ndaa.org
National Juvenile Detention Association www.npjs.org/njda.php
National Medical Association www.nmanet.org
National Sheriffs' Association www.sheriffs.org
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine www.adolescenthealth.org
Society of Correctional Physicians www.corrdocs.org
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Federal Agencies, Health
Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality www.ahrq.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
CDC Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm
CDC National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/nchstp.html
CDC National Prevention Information Network www.cdcnpin.org
Division of Immigration Health Services http://inshealth.org
Food and Drug Administration www.fda.gov
Health Resources and Services Administration www.hrsa.gov
National Institute on Drug Abuse www.nida.nih.gov
National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov
Public Health Service www.usphs.gov
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Surgeon General www.surgeongeneral.gov
Occupational Safety and Health Administration www.osha.gov
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Federal Agencies, Justice, Corrections
U.S. Department of Justice www.usdoj.gov
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services www.immigration.gov
Bureau of Justice Statistics www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs
Corrections Program Office www.ojp.usdoj.gov/cpo/
Federal Bureau of Prisons www.bop.gov
National Criminal Justice Reference Service www.ncjrs.org
National Institute of Corrections www.nicic.org
National Institute of Justice www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/
Office of Justice Programs www.ojp.usdoj.gov
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/
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Healthfinder www.healthfinder.gov
Library of Congress “Thomas” (legislative information) http://thomas.loc.gov/
Medline / PubMed www.pubmed.gov
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report www.cdc.gov/mmwr
National Guideline Clearinghouse www.guideline.gov
National Network on Tobacco Prevention and Poverty www.nntpp.org
Office of National Drug Control Policy www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov
World Health Organization www.who.int

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