This site is 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. If you're unfamiliar with prison abolition, check out Critical Resistance. I'm a freelance writer and human rights activist, and have no legal training, FYI.
AS OF AUGUST 2014 I am dealing with a family emergency out of state, and will likely be gone for the next month. If you need assistance, write to my PO box and my friends with the PHOENIX ANARCHIST BLACK CROSSwill try to help you. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, which I'll try to check at least a couple of times a week.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)
America's prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.
THE I-Files: Teens in Solitary Confinement
AZ PRISON WATCH ACTION ITEMS:
RESIGN, CHUCK RYAN
Petition by the family of Tony Lester, victim of suicide in AZ DOC custody.
Prisoners and Families: Send your SOS to the DOJ!
We really need those of you out there who have been in an AZ prison, have lost a child or other family member in an AZ prison, or have a loved one in an AZ prison now, to write a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder (that one is mine) about the need for a federal intervention here, and send me a copy, with a nice photo, if you have one, of the beloved prisoner - I don't have to post your letters and pictures, but please tell me if I may, with or without names.
When the truth of prison rape and violence is made public and appeals for relief come directly from those affected, the rest of the community identifies better with prisoners as people, and it puts more pressure on the feds - as well as the governor- to act. And you are the ones with the most at stake here. So, please back me up on this argument I'm making, folks. If the feds listened to me, they'd have been here long ago - I need your support!
US Attorney General Eric Holder US Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20530
Send word to your loved ones in prison to write the AG as well, and to send me copies if they want me to post their letters, too.
AZ Prison Watch BLOG POSTS:
NOTE AUGUST 12, 2014: I am dealing with a family crisis out of state, and will likely not be available for the next month. Please write to my PO box (above) if you need assistance and my friends will try to help you.
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 (email@example.com).
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.