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, August 3, 2010

AZ Private Prisons: Brewer Profits, the People Pay.

So MTC will get the bill for capturing these escaped murderers, but who will actually pay the price? The families of their victims already are. They should be compensated for their trauma and terror, not the state for it's inconvenience. The Arizona Department of Corrections put those guys in medium security and failed to oversee MTC's operations adequately in the first place.

Still want to privatize all the prisons, Governor Brewer? Should the rest of us have to pay for the industry's contributions to your campaign? I hope the families of these men's victims break down your door to hold you accountable. Pearce's, too, while they're at it. All those contracts should be canceled without delay.

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9 Wants to know: When a dangerous prisoner escaped why was a victim not told for almost a day?

Posted: Aug 03, 2010 1:51 AM EDT

Reporter: Craig Smith

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When a prison inmate escaped--who killed a woman's husband and daughter, she says 19 hours went by before the Arizona Department of Corrections informed her she could be in danger.

KGUN 9 wants to know why.

Daniel Renwick was one of three inmates who escaped from a privately run prison in Kingman.

For Vicki Walker learning that Renwick escaped brought back a world of bad memories.

"He murdered my husband and my daughter, " she said. "They were in their vehicle and he shot them, leaving my grandson who was 14 months. Kaleb now is ten."

The way she heard of the escape made things worse. A son in law in another state saw it on the news and called her.

Mrs. Walker says, "As a victim I'm supposed to be notified right away if there's an escape or if he's released and I did not hear from Department of Corrections for 19 hours."

KGUN9 News asked Arizona Department of Corrections director Charles Ryan what went wrong.

Ryan said, "The Department was also not advised immediately about the escape by Management Training Corporation and it's unfortunate it took as long as it did."

Management Training Corporation is the contractor running the prison the men escaped from but Ryan admitted even when D.O.C. knew about the escape it was still slow to tell Mrs. Walker that Renwick was loose.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked D.O.C. director Ryan: "Can any steps be taken to avoid a repeat of such a thing?"

Ryan replied: "Well, I hope it doesn't happen again we have reviewed the steps that were taken I do know the initial focus was trying to get law enforcement and Department resources to respond to try and pursue the apprehension and we will add emphasis to the importance of trying to notify victims in a much more timely manner henceforth."

Now that Daniel Renwick's been captured, Vicki Walker knows his escape will put him away for even longer than his original 44 year sentence.

"I don't think he'll be getting out now---forever," she said.

On the even bigger question of how the men escaped, Ryan says the girlfriend of one of them was able to walk up to the prison fence and throw them wire cutters.

The D.O.C. is looking into how that could happen undetected.

The state's contract with the private prison company allows for fines and penalties.

Ryan says one penalty definitely will happen. The company will get a bill for all the expenses of finding the escapees.



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