ARIZONA STATE PRISON
TOWN HALL IN REVIEW |
Host Joe Watson shares some of the most powerful and poignant moments from the town hall on state prison conditions that AFSC-Arizona hosted this summer in Phoenix. And Joe updates us on the new interim director of Arizona’s Department of Corrections and Gov. Doug Ducey’s national search for a permanent replacement.
* Additional music in this episode by David Cutter Music
& DANNY HOWE |
On this special episode of the podcast—hosted by AFSC-AZ’s Nate McKowen—Adrienne, Tony, and Danny discuss the myriad challenges formerly incarcerated people face after prison and offer solutions for communities looking to support those re-entering society after years, or even decades, away.
& RAQUEL VELASQUEZ |
Juliana Piccillo and Raquel Velasquez of the Tucson chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) join us for a conversation on the continued criminalization of consensual sex work and explain how it’s not only killing sex workers themselves but harming entire communities.
& CAROLINE ISAACS |
Tuesday Brauer, a leader of AFSC-Arizona’s ReFraming Justice Project, calls in from Phoenix to discuss what it’s like as someone who’s formerly incarcerated to lobby state lawmakers for sentencing reform and how it’s impacted her personally. And Caroline Isaacs, AFSC-Arizona’s program director, recaps this hugely disappointing state legislative session while making the case for plenty of optimism going forward.
& TIERA RAINEY |
James Kilgore, the acclaimed author and expert on the complexities of electronic monitoring, explains why wearing an ankle monitor isn’t necessarily better than doing time in prison. And Tiera Rainey explains why AFSC-AZ is working to stop for-profit companies from expanding into electronic monitoring and everything from halfway houses to drug treatment centers.
MICHAEL AND ZACH PERRINO
& REBECCA FEALK |
AFSC-Arizona’s Rebecca Fealk discusses her groundbreaking report on our state’s draconian drug laws and the harm such legislation causes to families, particularly in poor communities and communities of color. And Zach Perrino and his father, Michael—estranged for more than three years while Zach served time in Arizona’s Department of Corrections—have a conversation about addiction, abandonment, and accountability.
& JOEL FEINMAN |
Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman tells listeners how elected prosecutors “gave birth to mass incarceration” and why only elected prosecutors “can kill mass incarceration.” And Brandon Sturdivant, the lead organizer of the Mass Liberation Project of People’s Action, discusses how marginalized communities can “co-govern” with elected prosecutors to ensure the system is transformed.
DR. GRACE GÁMEZ
& JESSE MERRIMAN |
In our first episode, Dr. Grace Gámez discusses the genesis of AFSC-AZ’s multimedia storytelling project and her own journey through our system of criminal punishment. And Jesse Merriman, currently a sociology undergrad at the University of Arizona, talks about life as a trans woman in Arizona’s prison system.
Hosted by AFSC-AZ’s Joe Watson, the ReFramingJustice podcast amplifies the voices of people who are formerly incarcerated and directly-impacted by our system of criminal punishment. Recorded in Tucson, the podcast also features discussions with local and national experts on sentencing and drug policy reform, prosecutorial accountability, the challenges of re-entry, and alternatives to mass incarceration.
#ReFramingJustice is produced by formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people–from our social media to graphics and music. Hear more music from Ojalá Systems by following them on Soundcloud. And see ink and other designs from Clyde Hardin by following him on Instagram.
If you want your questions about re-entry, criminal punishment reform, or community activism answered on the podcast, contact our host, or send a direct message to us on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!