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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Saturday, August 15, 2009

ASPC - Eyman Prisoner Suicide

Official: Arizona prison inmate dies of apparent suicide

Last Update: 8/15 8:37 pm

Reported by: Deborah Stocks

FLORENCE, AZ -- Officials say an inmate has died of an apparent suicide in a central Arizona prison.

According to the Department of Corrections, 30-year-old Erick Cervantes was pronounced dead Friday afternoon at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman.

Officials said Cervantes was serving a 2.5 year sentence for misconduct involving weapons and had entered the facility Sept. 11, 2007. He was being held at a Special Management Unit.

The incident is under investigation by the department.

1 comment:

  1. Prison suicides are always tragic and expose the real human cost of prison systems. In England and Wales, 92 men, women, and children killed themselves in prison in 2007 alone. Many of the people we imprison have severe emotional and psychological problems; yet they receive little or no help or support once inside. The Howard League for Penal Reform remains committed to campaigning to reduce the incidence of suicide and self-harm in prison. To find out more, visit