MARGARET J PLEWS
PO BOX 20494
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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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Florence CCA prison stabbing...

No comment from CCA in response to my inquiries so far...


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2 officers assaulted by inmates at Florence prison


abc15.com

Posted: 09/03/2011

By: Deborah Stocks

FLORENCE, AZ - Officials say two correctional officers at a Florence prison were injured when they were assaulted by two inmates Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at the Florence Correctional Center as the officers were escorting two State of Hawaii inmates back to their cells from the segregation recreation yard.

Staff responded immediately and ended the assault quickly, according to officials.

The facility was placed on lockdown as a precaution and law enforcement and Hawaii Department of Public Safety authorities were notified.

The officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident is being investigated and the names of the officers were not released.

The facility is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America and primarily houses federal inmates and detainees for the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The guards were brutally stabbed and thankfully they were quickly airlifted to Phoenix. Without the quick response time, things could have been much worse. These 2 inmates were already facing a possible death penalty and apparently have no regard for human life.



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