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.

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MARGARET J PLEWS (June 1, 2015)


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

GEO Group growth = more victims of crime.

Don't think of this tidbit below as a piece of journalism, folks - it's just a press release put out by the massive private prison operator, the GEO Group. Basically what it says is that they just got a huge line of credit to take over competitor Cornell based on the promise that humanity (primarily America) will continue to feed them plenty of bodies for their prisons in the years to come.

That's a pretty sad comment on the state we're in. I hope we can prove them wrong. These SOBs should be driven into the poor house for helping to perpetuate crime and incarceration, instead of working on how to prevent it. They're clearly hoping we continue to be baffled about how else to deal with the causes and consequences of poverty, addiction, violence and greed. Look for them to lobby for more prisons and fascist legislation - sucking money from public education - in Congress and the statehouse nearest you.


Aug. 5, 2010, 8:15 a.m. EDT

The GEO Group Completes New $750 Million Senior Credit Facility; Expects to Close Cornell Merger on August 12, 2010

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The GEO Group /quotes/comstock/13*!geo (GEO 21.59, +0.30, +1.41%) ("GEO") announced today the closing of a new $750.0 million Senior Credit Facility comprised of a five-year, $150.0 million Term Loan A bearing interest at LIBOR plus 2.50%; a six-year, $200.0 million Term Loan B bearing interest at LIBOR plus 3.25% with a LIBOR floor of 1.50%; and a five-year $400.0 million Revolving Credit Facility (the "Revolver") bearing interest at LIBOR plus 2.50%.

GEO's new Senior Credit Facility will be used to repay borrowings outstanding under GEO's existing Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan B; fund the cash consideration and transaction-related expenses in connection with GEO's previously announced merger with Cornell Companies ("Cornell"); and repay Cornell's current senior debt. Immediately upon completion of the merger, the new Term Loan A and Term Loan B are expected to be fully funded, and GEO expects to have approximately $220.0 million in borrowings outstanding, approximately $50.0 million in letters of credit, and between $120.0 million and $130.0 million in available borrowing capacity under the Revolver.

GEO expects the closing of the Cornell merger to occur on Thursday, August 12, 2010 following the previously announced special meetings of Cornell and GEO stockholders. The closing of the transaction remains subject to GEO and Cornell stockholder approval, as well as other customary closing conditions.

The GEO Group, Inc. ("GEO") is a world leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include the management and/or ownership of 62 correctional and residential treatment facilities with a total design capacity of approximately 60,500 beds, including projects under development.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding estimated earnings, revenues and costs and our ability to maintain growth and strengthen contract relationships. Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to:

(1) GEO's ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to enhance shareholder value;

(2) GEO's ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all;

(3) risks associated with GEO's ability to control operating costs associated with contract start-ups;

(4) GEO's ability to timely open facilities as planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such facilities into GEO's operations without substantial costs;

(5) GEO's ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals and to retain existing management contracts;

(6) GEO's ability to obtain future financing on acceptable terms;

(7) GEO's ability to sustain company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; and

(8) other factors contained in GEO's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.


The GEO Group

Pablo E. Paez 1-866-301-4436

Director, Corporate Relations

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