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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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Walt Staton's Latest Sentence.

Activist who left water jugs in desert avoids jail

GREEN VALLEY - A border activist has decided he would rather comply with an order to complete 300 hours of community service than go to jail.

Walt Staton had vowed not to comply with his sentence for leaving water jugs on a southern Arizona wildlife preserve last year. The area is a popular route for illegal immigrants entering the U.S., and many have died from lack of water while crossing the desert.

The 28-year-old Tucson resident has one year to complete the hours.

Staton was convicted of littering in June after being cited in December 2008 by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent for leaving water jugs in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge west of Arivaca.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin gave Staton until Monday's hearing to reconsider his decision or face 25 days in jail.

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