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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


UPDATE (10/20/11):

Gerster's Sentencing


NEXT HEARING: Comprehensive Pretrial Status Hearing (a plea could be ebtred here folks - tun out for the hearing if you can this week!

THURSDAY, June 9, 2011 8:45am

Maricopa County Central Court Building
(W. Jefferson St.); Judge Verdin.

The Comprehensive trial management conference was to be held today (May 18, 2011), but everything that occurred was done up at the bench, where the public couldn't witness it or determine what was said in the transcripts.

That was likely because I had been protesting loudly outside before the hearing, confronting Gerster when he arrived. All I was able to catch Judge Verdin saying to his attorney, who requested that they approach, was "this is a delicate situation."

I believe they are buying time for people to forget what he did to us; chances seem very good that the Maricopa County Attorney is about to offer him a deal. The upcoming trial was cancelled in anticipation of that.

Please contact Bill Montgomery's office and urge that this officer's prosecution be made visible and transparent to the public, as he violated us all with the abuse of his office and the assaults on his prisoners.

Please also complain that Gerster assaulted at least two "VULNERABLE adults" in custody (making him a repeat, violent offender), should have been charged with class 2 (not 6) felonies for that, and must not be allowed to walk with anything less than felony charges and jail or prison time if they give him a deal.

Put your concerns in writing ASAP to:

Mr. Bill Montgomery
Maricopa County Attorney
301 W. Jefferson St. PHX 85003

I'd appreciate copies of your letters to post publicly. Send them to:

Peggy Plews / PO Box 20494 /PHX, AZ 85036

Please also express your continued outrage over the conduct of MCSO officers (and the dismissal of charges against officer Alan Keesee, who was also seen on video assaulting Gerster's victim) to:

Arizona Republic / P.O. Box 1950 /Phoenix, AZ 85001

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