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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Sheriff's New Blog

Check this out. The blog hasn't been written in yet, apparently, but it's all set to go. And the Sheriff twitters now...

Sheriff's New Blog Takes Aim At Media

POSTED: 5:11 pm MST August 26, 2009
UPDATED: 6:51 pm MST August 26, 2009

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has launched a new blog on his department's Web site. It is called "The Truth Behind the Headlines" and it takes aim at media coverage Arpaio believes is inaccurate and incomplete.So far, the posts have been in direct response to newpaper articles about the sheriff and his office, all of which he said are skewed against him. The sheriff is also using the blog to respond to editorials printed in the paper."We just want an avenue to respond. I don't serve any governor or politician. I serve the people and I want to get to the people some way to let them know don't believe everything you read in the papers, or even sometimes on television," said Arpaio.The sheriff says many times people write editorials and use information that they've read or heard as fact and that misrepresents his office.

"I just want to make sure, especially on editorials that are so far out and wrong, I want to make sure the public knows the truth," said the sheriff.The sheriff sent a department wide email to let his employees know the blog existed. He believes his 2,700 employees read the paper and watch television and deserve to know the rest of the story from his perspective.The blog can be seen at

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