THIS BLOG is NOW RETIRED

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.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Her Name was Marcia

Couldn't really sleep well; was back up at my computer by 4am researching AZ prisons, legislative committees, possible community allies. Emailed the State Alliance for the Mentally Ill last night to see what their response is/will be to Marcia's death and the use of outdoor cages for inmates on medications that magnify the deadly effects of the AZ sun and desert heat. They could have given her gallons of water and she still would have died.

In the course of this leg of research I found another picture of Marcia, located in her on-line ADC profile. Her full name is Marcia J. Powell, born 09/25/1960. She looks like she's laughing, and still has all her front teeth - her humanity is much more accessible with this one than the photo all the news outlets used. Am guessing it was from her previous incarceration. It appears as if her first incarceration with the ADC was in 2002, but the information about her history is sparse.

According to her prisoner info sheet, Marcia was sentenced for prostitution with an "enhancement"related to dangerousness, I believe - exactly what that is I'll have to find out. I suspect it has to do with being a repeat offender and not abiding by expectations of the terms of her last release ( She was in trouble quite a bit in January - disciplined 11 times that month for lying, disobeying orders, obstructing officers, even once for stealing. I would imagine she wasn't the model prisoner. She has a history of "absconding" while under state supervision - that appears to mean going AWOL from probation, parole, or other community supervision. I'd love to know just what her community release conditions and environment were like when that occurred. Any investigative journalists out there?

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