Arizona Lawsuit

Injunction Ruling: October 27, 2011

On October 27, 2011, Judge Arthur T. Anderson ruled in favor of the State of Arizona, and denied AFSC's request the no new private prison contracts be signed before the completion of the required evaluation of the existing system.

AFSC appeals Arizona ruling on for-profit prisons

Despite an unfavorable court ruling, AFSC will continue to fight against private for-profit prisons.

Arizona Lawsuit Media Coverage

Since AFSC filed for an injunction in Arizona to prevent the state from signing contracts for 5,000 additional for-profit prison beds before a legally mandated review is complete, media outlets throughout the state have run stories on the issue.

Arizona Judge Rejects Temporary Halt to For-Profit Prison Contracts

While AFSC is disappointed that an AZ judge denied its request to temporarily halt contract awards to for-profit prison operators,  a hearing next week could prove ultimately successful.

Arizona Lawsuit Background

For complete information about what's included in these suit, and why AFSC has required the courts intervene we have prepared a short description of the issues involved and the claims filed.

Arizona Department of Corrections Lawsuit Resources

Materials to help the reader understand AFSC's lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Arizona is bidding out for contracts to construct and manage 5,000 new private prison beds.  We have filed a legal complaint requesting an injunction to prevent the State of Arizona from awarding these contracts. 

AFSC Asks Judge for Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Private Prison Contracts

Injunction Filed, Group Asks Judge for Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Private Prison Contracts

Caroline Isaacs Arizona Lawsuit Statement

My name is Caroline Isaacs and I am the program director for the Arizona program of the American Friends Service Committee, an international social justice organization grounded in the Quaker faith.  Our Arizona program focuses on criminal justice reform, and in this capacity, we have been monitoring the growth of for-profit prisons in Arizona over the last 15 years.  It is in this capacity that I represent AFSC as a plaintiff in this suit.

Arizona Lawsuit Complaint

Read to full text of the complaint AFSC filed against the State of Arizona on September 12, 2011.

AFSC Sues to Block More Private Prison Beds in Arizona

Seeking to prevent Arizona from issuing contracts for 5,000 additional private prison beds, the American Friends Service Committee has filed an injunction and temporary restraining order in Maricopa County Superior Court, citing a 2010 escape with a violent aftermath, prison riots and other security concerns.

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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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