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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

APR 26: Montgomery and the MI in CJ Roundtable

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and I will both be on this roundtable this month. Note that it is not to be adversarial. I've heard that he is somewhat understanding of the struggles of people with mental illness, so perhaps we will find places where we agree.

For more in the criminalization and incarceration of the mentally ill in Arizona, see this post on Shannon Palmer.

Also see this report from the National Sheriff's Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center: for every one person with a mental illness we hospitalize in Arizona, we put almost ten behind bars. There's something really wrong with that.

Shannon Len Palmer, 40. Homicide victim: ASPC-Lewis (September 2010)
Sentenced to three years in prison by Maricopa Superior Court Judge Connie Contes
for climbing a utility tower in a thunderstorm to be closer to God...


Roundtable Forum

Incarceration of the Mentally Ill:

Punitive or Restorative Justice?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Gregory Sales exhibit: "It's Not Just Black and White"

ASU Art Museum

10th St and Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

Sponsored by David's Hope
and the Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition

"Please join us in this non-adversarial forum for a mediated discussion of the care and treatment of those with mental illness as their lives intersect with the criminal justice system. The goal is to bring together individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences, from the advocates for increasing rehabilitation for mentally ill offenders to those who feel the criminal justice system in place in Arizona is working well..."

For more information, Contact May Lou Brncik at David's Hope at 602-774-4382.

Visitors using ASU museum parking spaces must sign in at the front desk in the lobby of the Nelson Fine Arts Center.

--This is a great assembly of the people who need to come together on these issues--

Roundtable Forum

Incarceration of the Mentally Ill: Punitive or Restorative Justice

April 26 2011

ASU Art Museum 5:30pm

Roundtable Participant List:

Sue Ellen Allen Author and Executive Director, Gina’s Team

Norma Brasda SMI Unit Supervisor, Maricopa County Adult Probation

Kelly Carbello Clinical Supervisor, New Horizons Counseling Service

David Choate Associate Director, Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, ASU

Sean Connolly Lieutenant Phoenix Police Department, South Mountain Precinct

Shelley Curran Director, Court Advocacy, Magellan Health Services

Brian Freudenthal Sergeant, Phoenix Police Department

Donna Hamm Founder, Middle Ground Prison Reform

Ken Jacuzzi ADA Advocate, Author, Business Coach

Patti Jones Registered Nurse, Advocate

Bill Montgomery Maricopa County Attorney

John Newson Advocate

Dawn Noggle Mental Health Director, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services

Peggy Plews Editor, Arizona Prison Watch

John Rundle Recovery Support Specialist, Stand Together and Recover

Michael Runningwolf Advocate, NAMI AZ

Ben Shaw Mental Health Director, Arizona Department of Corrections

Rebekah Trexler SMI Unit Supervisor, Maricopa County Adult Probation

This forum was created in partnership with the Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition. Special thanks to Kathy Bashor and Cynthia Henry, ADBHS Office of Individual and Family Affairs, for their participation as moderators. Please note that our participant’s comments are in no way intended to represent the policies of their respective organizations. Members of the Roundtable are taking part in this discussion solely as individuals representing themselves.


David's Hope is an education and advocacy agency designed to provide people living with mental illness, and all those involved in their care, the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. David’s Hope teaches people how to advocate for themselves and others by empowering them with information, training, resources, and mentoring. Through education and mentoring we hope to create understanding in the community of the issues facing those living with mental illness involved in the Criminal Justice System.

"The mission of David’s Hope is to increase collaboration between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems, to promote restoration and provide support for the mental health needs of those within the Criminal Justice system.”

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