The problem is that there are no safe places in prison. The particularly dangerous places are the ones no one else ever sees or hears of, and the worst happens to those who no one thinks anyone will care about, so please, if you know anything about how Christian Frost lived or died, and who may have loved him, it would help me to know. Then I need to tell others, so they realize he was a human being, not just a caricature of a criminal and inmate that the state paints to assure the family is shamed and the public feels no sympathy when they die.
I'm available to anyone who has a loved one still living in prison, too, who is worried about their safety, health, or the conditions of their confinement. It's the prisoners and families themselves who have been teaching me how they survive, so I can pass information, like this post, on to others. So, please feel free to call or email anytime - that's what keeps me up on what's happening inside.
You can find me in person every Satuday, beginning March 2, 2013, I'll be with folks meeting as the Seawright Prison Justice Project at the PUENTE office, 1306 E. Van Buren, from 4-6pm. Call me ahead of time to be sure I'll be there, but I plan to make it a weekly event, to be accessible to others helping prisoners or wanting to work on abolitionist projects.
Condolences to Christian's family on their loss. My heart goes out to the guys directly affected by this as well - I know a lot of guys for whom this will be terrifying, as they believe they will be next. Hang in there, guys, write to AZ Prison Watch even if you have no money, and my friends and I will help you fight the state the right way:
TUCSON - An inmate has died while in custody at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.
Investigators say 38-year-old Christian Frost died Friday from a possible homicide.
Medical responders tried but couldn't save him.
Frost was serving a 26 year sentenced for manslaughter, flight from law enforcement and aggravated assault.
He came to the Arizona Department of Corrections on February 13, 1998 and was held at ASPC-Tucson.
The investigation on how he died is ongoing and being conducted by the department's Criminal Investigations Unit.