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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Friday, July 10, 2009

ADC Inmate Death: Edgar Vega, 16 y.o.

Tucson, Ariz.- At about 7 p.m. Thursday, Edgar Vega, 16, collapsed in the kitchen of the minor’s unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson.

Correctional officers immediately responded and began CPR on Vega, who was unresponsive. Vega was taken to Kino Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Vega showed no obvious signs of trauma and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Vega was convicted of aggravated assault for a May 2008 incident and sentenced to 5 years. He came to the Department of Corrections in March.

Vega’s next of kin was notified Thursday night.

(Posted to the ADC Website today)


Postscript: This kid - convicted and sentenced when he was just fifteen - died far from his family in a juvenile section of an American adult prison. He was convicted of aggravated assault (for which we have no details), and instead of deporting him, a Maricopa county judge decided to incarcerate him for five years in Arizona (at a cost of $55-60/day).

One way or another we're going to spend money on undocumented youth so long as their economy is destroyed and our employers seek to exploit their cheap labor. Is this really what we want to be spending our "immigration" money on? Incarcerating undocumented youth instead of educating them?Chances are, had he finished high school (instead of been compelled to live undocumented underground, so to speak), he never would have ended up in prison.

PASS THE DREAM ACT. Give youth like him HOPE enough to finish high school and shoot for college - instead of for some cops' head.


  1. Edgar was a student at my school. I had him in class a few times when he was in 9th grade. He was funny, polite, naive, a really nice kid. The truth is: He was present during a fight between his friend and another youth. Edgar stood on the sidewalk outside the "victims" yard, and was overheard saying, "I feel like stabbing someone" while brandishing a screwdriver that he was using to fix his bike at the park where he had been prior to the fight. HE NEVER TOUCHED ANOTHER PERSON!!! HE WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON AND DIED THERE BECAUSE HE LIVES IN A TOUGH NEIGHBORHOOD AND HAD "9TH ST" SCRIBBLED ON HIS SHOE. HE WAS NOT A GANG MEMBER, JUST A LOST KID TRYING TO FIND HIS WAY. I WENT TO HIS COURT HEARINGS, SAW HIM IN CHAINS, WEPT WITH HIS TWIN SISTER, COMFORTED HIS BROTHER WHO FELT GUILTY FOR NOT KEEPING AN EYE ON HIM. POOR KID WAS A VICTIM OF THE SHITSTEM. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND MAY HIS JAILORS PAY SOME KARMIC RETRIBUTION FOR EXTINGUISHING THE PROMISE OF A GOOD LIFE FOR EDGAR, WHO WANTED NOTHING MORE THAN TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL.

  2. Somebody should look over his case. I read the police deport. kid was just at the wrong time and place, did nothing wrong.