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.

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

David Rovics: We Are Everywhere

To my fellow activists now struggling through life - let this be a reminder that you are not alone and that we desperately need you here. All the injustice, grief, war, and human suffering calls for us to stay and do everything we can about it - you can't help us anymore when you're gone. Don't give up the fight - your last shred of hope may just keep someone else alive, too.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Arizona Corrections: "A Growth Industry".

This is from the minutes for the Arizona Behavioral Health Planning Council (September 16, 2009). Why is the guy from AZ DOC referring to corrections as a "growth industry", and to mentally ill prisonersas if they were merchandise or a potential consumer base to exploit? Hmm...

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VII.
State Agency Updates

A. ADC: Bruce McMorran reported that Corrections continues to be a growth
industry. There is an average of 150 additional inmates incarcerated per month;
approximately 9% of these new inmates have a mental illness. Approximately
21% of all inmates have an identified behavioral health need.

Bruce also reported that due to the privatization of inmates’ health services at
ADC, between 550-700 staff will be impacted. This was part of HB 2010 which
was recently passed.

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