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

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stay away from Gandarilla, Boys...

Found this county press release showing a postive connection between Wilcox and Gandarilla from 2008. That explains why so many more googles are coming up to my pages lately searching for "Gandarilla" and "complaints", or "Gandarilla", "name of a defendant" (charged by MCSO with trespassing), and a ."pdf" from the ".agi". They're out there fishing for dirt on him because he had the audacity to challenge Arpaio and Thomas and slap them both down in court for their petty prosecutions.

If they go after him, you know they won't stop until they've seized all offices of power, high and low - they'll have it all wrapped up well before the, it has to stop here. No more indictments until Thomas' and Arpaio's are served. Judges who go along with them might as well retire, because it's been under their watch and signatures that all this has been going on. The judiciary is a huge part of the problem in this county, in fact. By June we should have a pretty comprehensive evaluation done of the judges up for 2010 re-election in critical seats to disseminate.


Armando Gandarilla Appointed Downtown Justice of the Peace

Upon the recommendation of Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today appointed Armando Gandarilla as the new Justice of the Peace for the Downtown Justice CourtGandarilla replaces Carlos A. Mendoza who resigned.  The new judge will take office effective September 1, 2008.

“I am delighted to have such a qualified candidate interested in public service,” said Mary Rose Wilcox, District 5.  Mr. Gandarilla has more than 30 years supervisory experience in the probation and justice arenas.”

Gandarilla holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and completed studies for a masters in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.  He was employed as a probation officer/supervisor for the Maricopa County Adult Probation Office from 1975-2002.

Community honors include the Hon Kachina 12 who Care Award, Volunteer Probation Officer of the Year Award and Spirit of Giving Award.

Justices of the Peace handle criminal misdemeanor cases, traffic citations, civil cases under $10,000, landlord-tenant disputes, Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment. 

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