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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Monday, January 18, 2010

SOS: Arizona State Prisons. Send Help.

Anyone else hear about these prison units selling already? And the state hospital? This is from the Perryville CO's underground blog, the Lumley Vampire. That's the yard Marcia Powell was on when she died. The lead-in below is just the beginning - hit back there for the rest. The description of conditions is pretty frank and deplorable. I want the DOJ in here. Sounds like the guy who does this blog does, too.  

I'm sure the state figures they can avoid their responsibility for these facilities - and prisoners - by just selling them, and we're going to have a hard time holding those people accountable. We can't even seem to hold the state responsible when they do the job themselves.

Isn't there someone else we can call for help? I'm not very impressed with the DOJ. Every prisoner and family I hear from these days is sending an SOS.


"Six Arizona State Prison Units sold to SLUM LORDS
The Lumley Vampire Newsletter 1/15/2010

    Six state prison units at Florence/Eyman have been sold to Slum Lords and leased back to the state. The state pocketed $736 million dollars and will be repaying investors 1.1 billion dollars over the next 20 years for the deal. Death Row was not sold. The state hospital was also sold to investors. Privatization of ADOC is rapidly becoming a reality.

ASPC-Florence is seriously outdated and unsafe for officer's and offenders. The plumbing chases at CB-1, 3, 2 & 4 are caked with dozens of decades of animal urine & feces, which vent directly into offenders cells.  Electrical and plumbing problems including filthy staff bathrooms and unsafe drinking water which exceed federal guidelines for Niacin are just a few of the problems passed on to investors. Some staff bathrooms are so filthy with years of human feces and urine officers are forced to squat on filthy toilet rims to use them. Swamp coolers are still in use at most of the large Florence cell blocks wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. 

    The DOJ has looked the other way for decades as offenders are forced to live in tiny cells from the 1940's and 50's standards. Officer's still are required to conduct safety and security checks on dozens of isolation cells in CB-3 & 4 that have not been used or housed offenders since the 1970's wasting more money by the state...."
 The Lumley Vampire

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