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

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Letter to Legislators: ACCJR

The note below was sent to me on a list-serve by the Arizona Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform - their links are at the bottom of the post - good people to connect with if you want to work on sentencing reform and other criminal justice legislation. They're also nationally involved.

I want to post this because it's good to bring Sunbelt Justice to legislators' attention as many ways as possible - they need to brush up on their AZ Department of Corrections history, and this offers a couple of useful other links.

Thanks, Camille.


To our Arizona Legislators:

Prisons: Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment - Mona Lynch and Torture in American Prisons including Arizona.

I urge you to take the time to watch the video and read the book about important information that impacts all of those living or visiting Arizona and determining whether to start businesses in the state.

This is a must-read for anyone concerned Criminal Justice and Corrections, the cost to society and the taxpayers. It is unsustainable. It's time to downsize incarceration, restore rehabilitation, vocational training and education. "Tough on crime" needs to be replaced with "smart on crime" -- starting with eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing which is the "hammer" used by the prosecutors to get their convictions and overload the court system, jails, prisons and detention centers. We say NO to Private Prisons and the Celling of Arizona. There are solutions. The state has NO money. It's time to release inmates -- the innocent and wrongfully convicted, non-violent, first offenders who are no harm to society, elderly and chronically ill and dying.

"Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment" - Mona Lynch


Video: Torture in American prisons - a British documentary
Arizona Maricopa County jail featured and detainee deaths of Norberg, Crenshaw and more.


Camille Tilley
Arizona Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform
NCCJR National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform

Arizona Director - Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted -2009

PETITION: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Scheme is Morally Unacceptable

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