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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Deaths in Custody: ADC March 2011.

The following individuals died in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections in March, 2011, as posted at the department's website; this may or may not be an exhaustive list. I suspect the causes of some recent deaths are remaining mysterious so as to avoid focus on the continuing pattern of violence and suicide prevailing in the prisons. If anyone has any information on these deaths, please contact me at 480-580-6807 or


Robert Mulhern, 55
ADC #235987


apparent natural causes
March 8, 2011

Vincent Accardo, 62
ADC #232539

apparent natural causes
March 9, 2011

Bennie Garcia, 52
ADC #039968

ASPC-Douglas/Gila Apparent
natural causes March 12, 2011

Albert Saenz, 42
ADC #059350


End-stage liver disease

March 20, 2011

Susan Lopez, 40
ADC #184221

ASPC-Perryville/Santa Cruz
Apparent suicide
March 25, 2011

Michael Ford, 50
ADC #115618

Apparent Natural Causes
March 28, 2011

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