A community resource for monitoring, navigating, surviving, and dismantling the prison industrial complex in Arizona.
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I'm not an organization - I'm just a community member trying to help. I don't charge fees for support to prisoners or their families, and thus absorb the cost of all printing and postage to deliver prisoners' rights information. Donations of stamps, cash, or help via the PAYPAL button are appreciated. Your gift will not be tax deductible, but it will serve a good cause.
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: email@example.com but 480-580-6807 is ok too.
AZ PRISON WATCH ACTION ITEMS:
David's Hope MH/CJ Coalition Incarceration Support Group 1st Tuesdays 6:30-8pm "Hope Lives" 1016 E. Buckeye Rd. Ste 145 Phoenix, 85034
call Peggy Plews 480-580-6807 before going! .
AZ MH and CJ Coalition meetings
War machine comes home in guise of "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"
Joseph Venegas, 29, died on April 25, 2012 of unknown causes. He was a
prisoner at ASPC-Yuma/Cheyenne. If anyone has any information about his
life or death, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There was an apparent homicide at the ASPC-Winslow/Kaibab unit on April 20, 2012. If anyone has any further information about this man's life or death to fill out Shon's story, please contact me. I was unable to find any obituaries or remembrances on the
internet, but this was left in the comments following the brief article
about his death that was posted on ABC15's site:
really hope they do investigate. Regardless of what he did he didn't
deserve to die. Shon was a good guy and just made bad choices. I've
known Shon for years along with being engaged to him. He was sweet and
kind. He will be missed by those of us who loved him. R.I.P Shon"
Condolences to Christine and Shon's other loved ones.
Columbia University's Jailhouse Lawyers Manual (PDF)
My primary resource for prisoners fighting the state. Download and mail relevant chapters.
National Lawyer's Guild Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
Handy, all-in-one-guide to actually filing a federal civil rights suit agaisnt the DOC
AZ Family members Behind Bars
A Caregivers Guide to Arizona's Criminal Justice System from Arrest to Release
DEATH YARDS: AZ DOC / Corizon Health Care
The Prisoner's Best Friend: Prison Legal News
Empowering prisoners and activists to acces the law, instead of die waiting for a lawyer. Best gift for prisoners fighting back. $30/year behind bars; $35.00 for those of us in the free world
The Abolitionist: From Critical Resistance
Free Subscriptions for Prisoners!
STOP CANAMEX ! Decolonize NOW!
Down and Drought
Great local blog on Politics, Police, and all sorts of Power
Cell-Out AZ: Tucson Citizen
Well-maintained blog on prisons, privatization, and politics in Arizona
AZ Court Records Look-up
Public Access to AZ Court Records
Arizona Department of Corrections Database
Arizona Department of Corrections' NEWS
Constituent Services: AZ Department of Corrections
AZ DOC: 2013 Guidebook (navigating the ADC for friends and family)
AZ Legislature 2014
Pro-Publica: American Legislative Exchange Council Guide
See how our elected leaders and high incarceration rates are influenced by big business
Arizona Juvenile Prison Watch
Resources for navigating, surviving, and transforming the juvenile justice system in Arizona.
Friends of Marcia Powell (Archived)
Remembering all those who have suffered and died in the custody of the state.
Nevada Prison Watch
Support AZ Prison Watch's Sister Site
Hawai'i Prison Watch!!!
Seeking volunteer watchers and bloggers from Arizona and Hawai'i. Contact Peggy Plews at AZ Prison Watch, email@example.com
Blog covering criminal justice and prison reform issues, among other things, by a retired Deputy Warden for the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Preventing Suicide in Prison:
A Collaborative Responsibility of Administrative, Custodial, and Clinical Staff (JAAPL, 2006)
The Prison Suicide Crisis
Boston Globe Spotlight: December 10, 2007
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (Veterans press 1)
BURIED ALIVE: Solitary Confienement in Arizona's Prisons and Jails.
American Friends Service Committee: Supermaxed Project
Excellent resource on the harm of solitary confinement and supermax prisons.
American Civil Liberties Union: Solitary Confinement
Abuse of the Human Rights of Prisoners in the United States
The Vera Institute
The Price of Prisons (January 2012)
PEW Center: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility
Excellent 2010 report on some of the collatoral costs of mass incarceration.
Real Cost of Prisons Project
Resist ALEC and Prison Privatization. Start Here.
The above video unpacking today's prison industrial complex was made by my friend and comrade at the blog Chaparral Respects No Borders. It's extremely well-researched and insightful. Part II follows.
ACLU: Prison Profiteers
Privatization of Punishment
Well done university project on prison privatization in America...
Private Prison Industry Oversight
The following links provide excellent website resources for evaluating private prison operators.
Private Corrections Working Group
The Business of Detention
Private Prison Watch
Why I Hate CCA...
from the author: " There are myriad reasons WHY I hate CCA, GEO, MTC, Cornell, and anyone else who strives to make money from the incarceration of human beings. You will hear all about them, I assure you. So check back often to see why I do, and you should, hate CCA and their ilk."
Great resource for immigrants in Florence, Eloy, and Phoenix, AZ.
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos
grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.
STOP FASCISM HERE!
Hit the Police State to resist SB 1070.
Amongst U.S.: Immigration in America
Phoenix New Times (ongoing series)
Immigration Detention in the USA.
Human Rights Watch: Locked up Far Away
The Transfer of Immigrants to Remote Detention Centers in the United States (December, 2009)
Immigrant Justice Network
Defending Against the Increasing Criminalization of Our Immigrant Communities
Human Rights Watch
Chronic Indifference: HIV/AIDS Services for Immigrants Detained by the United States (2007)
Guilty By Immigration Status: 2008. (U.S. and Human Rights Abuses)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (September, 2009)
Human Rights Watch: Detained and Dismissed.
Women's Struggles to Obtain Health Care in US Immigration Detention
Unseen Prisoners: A Report on Women in Detention Facilities in Arizona (January 2009).
UofA Southwest Institute for Research on Women
Sue Ellen Allen's Blog: Been there. Done that. How Can I help?
Photo: Gina Panetta, Sue Ellen's roommate in Perryville Prison, for whom she named her outreach and support project, "GINA's Team". Hit the photo to visit her blog on life, inside and out.
Jessica's Operation Orange
Support efforts to prevent drunk drving and provide outreach to women at Perryville State Prison.
Girl Scouting Beyond Bars: Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Outreach to incarcerated mothers and their daughters in the Arizona State Department of Corrections' Perryville Prison and the jails of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Sex Workers' Outreach Project - USA
SWOP-USA Letter to Director Charles Ryan, Arizona Department of Corrections (December, 2009).