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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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Too many deaths in custody: Eyman homicide, and more.

Deaths in Custody Names Project
Resistance Alley, Phoenix.
May 30, 2011.

Look at how young all these guys are; I hope these don't turn out to be more suicides, too. My apologies to the families of these prisoners for the flippant tone of the following article; the writer is a careless jerk, for the most part. I'm sad to say that I'll be adding at least one of these names to the memorials I create as it is.

Our condolences to you all.

Please feel free to contact me at or 480-580-6807 if there's any way I can help. And please, please sue these people if there is cause - as in the homicide. The most fortified police institution in the state - charged with nothing less than protecting us from criminals - should be able to keep our prisoners safe from the real predators inside its walls - and help the vulnerable ones cope better with their own terror and despair.

- Peggy Plews


Four Arizona Prison Inmates Die in Four Days; One Suspected to Be Homicide

By James King, Wed.

From Phoenix New Times
Jun. 1 2011 at 2:55 PM

Emergency medical responders at Arizona prisons have had a busy week -- four inmates have died while in Arizona Department of Corrections custody in four days.

One of the deaths, DOC spokesman Barrett Marson tells New Times, is a suspected homicide.

Marson says the other three deaths are currently under investigation, but foul play is unlikely.

The first criminal to kick the bucket this week is 36-year-old Gilberto Lopez. Serving five years for escape, Lopez was found unresponsive in his cell at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis Saturday night.

Inmate number two: 28-year-old Luis Moscoso-Hernandez. Doing a 27-year bid for second-degree murder and kidnapping, Moscoso-Hernandez was also found unresponsive in his cell at the ASPC-Eyman facility.

The third inmate to bite the dust in the past week is 31-year-old Christopher Rankhorn, who was serving a 6.5-year sentence for theft of means of transportation. Like the others, Rankhorn was found unresponsive in his cell, his at the ASPC-Tucson facility yesterday.

Also found dead yesterday was 25-year-old Jeremy Pompeneo. His death, DOC officials say, was an apparent homicide. Pompeno, a lifer who earned his time with a first-degree murder conviction, was found in his housing unit yesterday at the ASPC-Eyman.

All of the deaths, Marson reiterates, are under investigation.

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