This Just In; Anonymous Blogger Discloses Latest Prison Happenings


Editor’s note;

The following is from Kemosabe, who chooses to remain anonymous, and claims that the following was published in the National Enquirer this morning.

President Obama announced today that he has resolved the problem of moving the approximately 5,000 Gitmo detainees from Guantanamo Bay to a US prison. In a joint press statement with Mayor Georgia Lord of Goodyear, Arizona, Georgia and Obama announced that a new facility was in the process of being approved in the western Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, AZ.

According to Mayor Georgia, “we have a tremendous location, we have a very accepting community, and we have a huge debt burden in our city that I need to take care of so that I can continue overspending on new capital projects and keep my public union, developers, and city employee supporters happy.  Rest assured and you can be certain that I have received no benefits from this deal and myself and my fellow council members are always listening to and want to hear from Goodyear’s residents on everything we do.”

Obama seemed extremely pleased to have this issue off his desk for a mere $300 million dollars which is how much the federal government has agreed to pay Goodyear to take all of the Gitmo prisoners.  Mayor Georgia said that the $300 million (which is about equal to Goodyear’s current overwhelming city debt) was originally planned to be used to pay off that debt during negotiations with the government but now that the deal has been struck Georgia and the rest of her tax and spend council members have decided that they might need the money in order to buy more votes after the deal gets public so they will delay any decisions on where the money will be spent until after Goodyear city council completes its next off site retreat.  The retreat is scheduled to be held at an unnamed posh resort on the Riviera.  Regarding criticism of the expense of the off site by a local blogger, Georgia said, “we couldn’t find anywhere more expensive than that and I deserve it!”

Goodyear Vice Mayor Joanne (Yippee) Osborne added that the name of the new prison facility will be “The Lord’s Penitentiary” in honor of mayor Georgia. Osborne also threw in a plug about Osborne Jewelry’s new store which will be located at the visitor’s center of the facility where in an agreement with GEO Inc., each visiting oil sheik to the facility will be required to spend not less than $150,000 per wife.

In other news surrounding the new prison;

The law firm of Bain and Lauritano of Glendale, AZ has announced a 50 year exclusive agreement to represent all future Gitmo detainees. According to the firm, they could only get new detainees since most of the existing ones already had representation and they were accused of blackmail by several of the current legal teams due to B&L’s threat to derail the prison deal if B&L did not get what they wanted.  Obama had to step in to say that even in Chicago, B&L’s desired terms would not fly.

Goodyear City Manager John Fischbach, who we are told has left on a 3 month around the world vacation awarded to him by Gary (vacations don’t cost anything) Gelzer announced in a written statement for the press that his Goodyear Ball Park operations director would have details soon of the new year-round minor league  baseball season that will begin at the Goodyear Ball Park as soon as the prison is complete and the detainees are available for games.  Fischbach said in his statement that he expects to field 12 teams of prison inmates who will play ball for (he told council) a “packed” stadium. Goodyear city council did not question any of Fishbach’s attendence claims.  Fischbach said with the influx of rich middle eastern visitors that he expects to see in Goodyear for the new league’s games, the nearly 10% sales tax on items sold in Goodyear might be raised since “those people” have lots of money.

GEO Group, Inc. has announced that former Goodyear councilman Joe Pizzillo has accepted the $150,000 per year job of , “Honorary Warden” of the new  The Lord’s Penitentiary prison.  Pizzillo will not be required to do anything and will receive lifetime free tickets to all Goodyear ball park baseball games including the new Gitmo league games when they start.

In related news, the six new fire stations that are under construction in the western part of Goodyear are only over budget by about $3.2 million dollars each according to project manager and CEO of Fire Services Corp. Bill Stipp.  As you may recall, Fire Services signed a multi year deal to manage all of Goodyear’s fire department services at an increased cost to the city of more than $1.6 mil per firefighter.  That is because each current firefighter was awarded a full retirement (just like Stipp’s) and golf membership at Pebble Creek Golf Club as part of the prison deal.  Stipp said that “by law” he was not able to give any more details.

Wally Campbell was not available for comment.  In a written statement she said she still had not been given details of any of the prison arrangements by any of the other council people.

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American Friends Service Committee Weighs in on Prison; Petition


Editor’s note;

I received the following from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) today.

If you want to sign the attached petition, DO NOT CONTACT ME.

Instead, contact the AFSC directly to find out how to sign their petition, it appears you can sign it on line just by clicking the link and following the instructions.  Remember;  DO NOT CONTACT ME, about any problems you might have signing it.

howardsgoodyearblog generally supports privatization of government services where it makes sense and can reduce costs. Locating prisons near elementary schools and high end neighborhoods does not make a lot of sense to me, however.

from Caroline Isaacs CIsaacs@afsc.org
to “howardsgoodyearblog@gmail.com” <howardsgoodyearblog@gmail.com>
cc CT <camtil@mac.com>
date Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM
subject Bravo!
mailed-by afsc.org
Important mainly because of the words in the message.
hide details 11:01 AM (32 minutes ago)
 Hi there, I’m with the American Friends Service Committee, the group that is coordinating opposition to the private prisons proposed for Arizona, including Goodyear.  I noticed you are covering the issue on your blog, so I wanted to offer you any info that you think people might be interested in.  We’ve been monitoring prison privatization in AZ for over 15 years, and we’ve collected a lot of material.

Last year we held a public forum on prison privatization in AZ.  As part of that event, we collected testimonies and put them on our website: http://afsc.org/resource/private-prisons-are-unsafe

We also tried to collect all the existing data we could find about cost savings, safety, etc.  They are listed here:  http://afsc.org/resource/research-and-background-materials-prison-privatization

Our “white paper” on the subject is available here:  http://afsc.org/document/prison-privatization-arizona.  It’s a good overview of the history, the applicable state laws, and our objections to the practice.

We also have a blog on this issue, Cell-Out Arizona, where we post a lot of breaking news and information:  http://tucsoncitizen.com/cell-out-arizona/

I’m attaching our “rap sheet” on GEO Group, the company bidding on the contract in Goodyear.  It is an extensive listing of all their problems, collected from published newspaper accounts. GEO Rap Sheet11

We also have a petition against the prison that folks in Goodyear might want to sign:  http://www.change.org/petitions/councilmember-no-new-private-prison-in-goodyear

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Thanks a lot!

Caroline

Caroline Isaacs

Program Director,

American Friends Service Committee

Arizona Area Program

103 N. Park Ave., Suite 111

Tucson, AZ  85719

520.623.9141 p/520.623.5901

www.afsc.org/tucson

Check out our blog:  www.tucsoncitizen.com/cell-out-arizona

Letter to Georgia from ACJRC


Editor’s note;

CT, of the “Arizona Criminal Justice Reform Coalition” (ACJRC) sent the following email to Georgia.  (I do not know what the ACJRC is and can’t find a web site, I also don’t know what, if any of this is true although CT does seem to know a lot of specifics about what goes on in the prison that is already there). CT still does not want me to share her name (and I don’t know what her full name is anyway).

howardsgoodyearblog generally supports privatization of government services where it makes sense and can reduce costs. Locating prisons near elementary schools and high end neighborhoods does not make a lot of sense to me, however.

from CT camtil@mac.com
to georgia.lord@goodyearaz.gov,
atobin@azleg.gov
cc tschoaf@litchfield-park.org,
editor@westvalleyview.com,
bwhiting@westvalleyview.com,
bob.ortega@arizonarepublic.com,
howardsgoodyearblog howardsgoodyearblog <howardsgoodyearblog@gmail.com>,
radley.balko@huffingtonpost.com,
william.anderson1953@gmail.com,
Travis Pratt <travis.pratt.1@asu.edu>,
Daniel Horne <dan@accidentalfelons.com>,
Mona Lynch <lynchm@uci.edu>
date Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM
subject Tell ADC Director Ryan and Gov. Brewer, NO to private prisons in Goodyear and Arizona!! Legislators broken promise!!
mailed-by mac.com
Important mainly because of the words in the message.
hide details 8:36 AM (4 hours ago)
 Hello Mayor Lord,

NO to private prisons in Goodyear and Arizona; NO to new construction of massive facilities in Arizona, a state with serious water problems, drought, extreme temperatures and scarce resources, along with unprecedented amount of unsold homes. Luxury neighborhoods and prisons do not mix together. All the PR work cannot hide this. Who is doing the West Valley planning?

This is in response to your letter saying Arizona Department of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan, not you, is making the decision on the prison beds. You stated the ADC Director Chuck Ryan is making the decision about the prison beds, not you or the council. You were elected to fight for the people NOT the special interests and lobbyists who control the state (i.e. Coughlin, CCA in Governor’s office). Ryan is the same Corrections official who was sent to Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan and other foreign prisons to build and set up those prisons (boondoggles) during the Iraq war and was there during the torture and abuse of 2004 rejected by the people and never used.

No warden or officer who was part of this shameful torture period in America, should never be allowed back in the United States to work again in Corrections and the prison system, just as a doctor, nurse or other caregivers lose their careers at the first sign of abuse of any kind, not even rising to the disgraceful level of Abu Ghraib.

How does one man, a prison director, with a troubled background and a failing state prisons, Perryville prison — one that has gone backwards under his watch — have that responsibility? We believe it is your responsibility along with the council to take a strong stand to stop this massive prison growth turning Goodyear into a “prison town” and the state of Arizona “officially” into a “prison state”. Just look at Florence to see what it looks like. 

It is disappointing to your constituents, citizens and taxpayers that you (and the state legislators who passed the bill) did not appear at the public hearing to fight against 5,000 beds, adding to the already 4,500 beds in Goodyear. 

Litchfield Mayor Shoaf’s letter read at the public hearing, about the “broken promise” by the state legislators was courageous and moving. 

Private prisons are bad business and a terrible business / jobs model for any community. The private prisons are responsible for making the U.S. the #1 jailer in the world and turning America “land of the free” into a myth. Massive projects done behind closed doors and jammed down the peoples throats “off-season” (snowbirds up north), parents busy getting children back to school is no way to handle changing the character and direction of the state.

Developers and special interests have developed luxury housing for the areas with large scale big box stores, with no planning for small neighborhood shops and restaurants in pedestrian settings like Litchfield or Verrado. 

Goodyear and the West Valley do not need another massive facility, like a densely populated prison using scarce resources like water. The water shortages and contaminated/poisoned water is very much a concern in Arizona, California and the Southwestern states. It is irresponsible to build more when this is a reality and being ignored. 

The many unexplained, unnecessary deaths of young female inmates at Perryville are being ignored, along with the illness, disease and inhumane conditions of confinement in this desert prison where extreme temperatures over 105 degrees last for months, where there is no air conditioning for the women, yet the men have air conditioning; where old swamp coolers are used that don’t function most of the time; where the air quality and ventilation is poor quality as the women are jammed in a cell built for one, with solid doors in the size of a MBR closet of a Pebblecreek home. 

Solution: fix what we have, reform Arizona’s draconian mandatory minimum sentencing scheme that would reduce the prison population and begin to close prisons such as other conservative states are doing and stop wasting taxpayers $$’s on incarceration as education, training and community services are being slashed to the bone.

Perryville Prison for women and adolescents, is minutes from your offices, yet you ignore what is being done to the women and children in your backyard, the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and their children and families who visit them. You sit in a position of privilege, while you ignore your “sisters” as they die and their health care is grossly neglected. These women were not given life sentences yet are facing life sentences or death in your backyard prison. 

Something as simple as this is being ignored: When visitors arrive with their children there are no books, crayons, games, like they’ve had for years and people are being told they are not allowed to donate to the unit. This has gone on for months now. These visitors are taxpayers being treated like criminals. Their children are our future and there is nothing for them during the visit. This is shameful. This is how women and their families are treated. There is no rehabilitation, only warehousing. What kind of society are you creating in your city, county and state?

It’s time for your serious input to STOP the mass incarceration of Arizona’s people and visitors. Prisons in the state should be for those sentenced in the state. Arizona should not be allowing to import inmates in this profitable scheme for Federal $$’s. 

We demand that you write a letter from the people to ADC Director Ryan and the state legislators to stop the 5,000 prisons beds and stop this travesty upon the state of Arizona and it’s people and future. If this is not stopped Arizona officially became a “prison state” and is no longer a tourist and fun state to visit but one that puts ALL at risk for the broken criminal justice system made up of laws to put them as great risk for destruction. Laws created to get Federal $$’s in order to exist.

Sincerely,

Arizona Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Anti-Prison Organization Contacts howardsgoodyearblog


Editor’s note;

Someone who identifies him/herself as CT has been writing to me about the overall situation with prisons in Arizona. I don’t know where they got my blog info but I believe this person to be from Tucson.  You must judge for yourself as I have not vetted any of the claims in any of the information that CT has provided that I have included verbatim below.  I’ve asked CT to write a post and so far he/she refuses because of “fear of reprisals”.

howardsgoodyearblog generally supports privatization of government services where it makes sense and can reduce costs. Locating prisons near elementary schools and high end neighborhoods does not make a lot of sense to me, however.

Here you go;

“Tell Arizona Officials: No More Private Prisons!”  | Change.org

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-arizona-officials-no-more-private-prisons

Sentencing reform being done in other conservative states is reducing prison population, closing prisons and saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of $$’s that could be spent on education, job training, health care and community services. It’s time to end the mass incarceration of Arizona’s people, visitors and end importing inmates from other states. Profiteering off human misery is immoral and unethical. Conflicts of interest should be criminal.
Arizona Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Concerned Citizens and Taxpayers
Goodyear and the Valley area
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