I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Found this article "Ruses of beneficence and rituals of exclusion" at the Workplace Journal through the University of Louisville website. I think the collective of academics who put it together was based in Canada though; don't know if they're even publishing anymore. In any even, the article gives a good account of what it means to be mentally ill in an Arizona supermax - and of the unique torment of the punishment of isolation.

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