The 'Friends of Marcia Powell' are autonomous groups and individuals engaging in prisoner outreach, informal advocacy, and organized protest and direct actions in a sustained campaign to: promote prisoner rights and welfare in America; engage the Arizona public in a creative and thoughtful critique of our system of "justice;” deconstruct the prison industrial complex; and dismantle this racist, classist patriarchy...

Retiring "Free Marcia Powell"

As of December 2, 2010 (with occasional exceptions) I'm retiring this blog to direct more of my time and energy into prisoner rights and my other blogs; I just can't do anyone justice when spread so thin. I'll keep the site open so folks can search the archives and use the links, but won't be updating it with new posts. If you're looking for the latest, try Arizona Prison Watch. Most of the pieces posted here were cross-posted to one or both of those sites already.

Thanks for visiting. Peace out - Peg.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Perryville Takes Another Life

Officer commits suicide at prison complex in Goodyear

by Rosha Safarmehdi - Jun. 19, 2009 01:10 PM
The Arizona Republic

A Department of Corrections Officer committed suicide Thursday night at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville, said Bill Lamoreaux, spokesman for the DOC.

The officer reportedly killed himself a little before 9 p.m. in the outside perimeter of the prison.

The officer had been with the DOC since 1999.

An investigation is being conducted regarding the circumstances of his suicide, Lamoreaux said.

Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems. In March of this year, just a few months ago, another officer from Perryville (the count/movement officer at Lumley) also took his own life.

That makes 2 officer suicides, 1 prisoner death, and 3 fire-setting protesters all in the span of 3 months. And that's all we know about.

What was the reason the Governor didn't order an outside, independent investigation of what's going on at that prison?