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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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Poverty in America is a crime: Debtors prisons on the rise.

Check out the reports this article links to below. Seems to be a real problem in Arizona too, with parolees and probationers being reincarcerated for not making their restitution and court payments - some preferring to work off their time back in prison because they can't support their families with the court-imposed debts and jail fees, etc.

So, if they can't collect a few hundred bucks from an impoverished felon, the state removes him from his family, community, and the workforce (where, with a criminal record he can only get jobs that pay dirt) and pays $21,000/year to punish him for being poor, stigmatized, and marginalized - therefore perpetuating the problem (and the budget crisis) - just to give people like Arpaio a few extra pennies a year to misappropriate.

Real bright, Arizona. You sure showed those criminals.

So, other than collection agencies and some jails (if they can take in more than the shell out by rounding up their debtors when they can't pay), I wonder who would profit from these kinds of laws, then. Private prisons, perhaps? Would be interesting to see just what all the private prison lobby is up to. They have to keep finding more reasons to justify imprisoning people, since states around the country (except Arizona) are trying to reduce incarceration in other ways, and private prisons are emptying...I bet we see more go into the business of running local jails soon - and aggressively pushing for these kinds of laws.


ACLU And Brennan Center Reports Expose Resurgence Of Debtors' Prisons

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