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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Friday, November 5, 2010

Father, son, brother, friend: losing Mando Lugo (Updated)

(Update: November 4, 2010)

Armando is now listed by the department as being a victim of homicide, having apparently been strangled in the shower. The report I received, however, detailed more about how hard the ADC staff tried to revive him (they even took a video of officers performing CPR), how "diligently" they worked to write reports on his death, and how the Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) went about examining the scene of his death than it did his actual murder - leading me to think that they have no clue what happened.

In fact, it's unclear that the investigation has even been completed, or where it was going. The CIU report on him is basically just a bunch of BS and filler - a more thorough investigation would have been done on a K-9 dog.

I hope the Lugos sue the state for everything they can - at least enough to support his children and grandson. The man deserves better than that - as does his family. All the prisoners do.

(Original post 10/13/10)

Armando Lugo, a prisoner at ASPC-Lewis/Morey Unit in Buckeye died on March 26, 2010 after being found unresponsive in the shower area. He was 36 years old at the time of his death, and more than halfway through a prison term for burglary.

I've requested records from the AZ Department of Corrections about the cause of his death, as it's been under investigation by their Criminal Investigations Unit since March, as far as I can tell. I expect to hear back from general counsel Karyn Klausner any day now, and will post what relevant information I find as soon as I have it.

Below is Mando's obituary from the Douglas Dispatch, followed by thoughts from just a few of the many loved ones he left behind...he was clearly a dear soul to a number of people. Our condolences to all for your loss.

------------from the Douglas Dispatch------------

"Armando Lugo passed away on March 26, 2010. Armando was born in Douglas on February 17, 1974 to David and Anita Lugo. Armando attended Douglas schools and worked as a Restaurant Manager most of his life. He was preceded in death by his Step-father Mario Manuel Sosa.

Armando is survived by his father and mother, David and Anita Lugo. His son; Armando Lugo, Daughters; Jasmine Ballesteros, Jaclyn Lugo, Grandson: Hector Manuel Madrid. His Brothers; Michael, Gabriel, and Mario (Diana.) Sister Gina (Juan). "

Armando is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Douglas.


ALBERTO DOMINGUEZ wrote on Apr 9, 2010 8:08 PM:

" Armando was a great person my condolences to michael ,gina ,and the rest of the family may god give you strength and peace god bless you all. "

Alma Villa Larios wrote on Apr 7, 2010 4:05 PM:

" OMG I just learned of Mando's passing! WOW he was a great friend in high school and will surely be missed. "

friend wrote on Apr 7, 2010 12:03 PM:

" Mando was a beloved friend of my family. He was known to love him family very much. Always looking forward to the day ahead. He will be missed. "

Porky and familia wrote on Apr 1, 2010 1:26 PM:

" I will always remember our school days and your great sense of humor. My condolences to your wife, kids, and familia. May you rest in peace. Until we meet again, amigo! "


Mando's family and friends are welcome to contact me (Peggy) at, or 480-580-6807 if there's any other information you'd like to add to this post, or if you'd like to organize with other families to change that place: this shouldn't ever have to happen again.

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