February 15, 2012 the American Friends Service Committee’s Arizona office released an extensive report reviewing the safety, quality, and cost of private prisons in Arizona – including six prisons operated by Corrections Corporation of America but not under contract with the state. The report reveals widespread and persistent problems in private facilities around safety, lack of accountability, and cost.
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.
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.
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.
The American Friends Service Committee and Beau Hodai (author of the groundbreaking article from In These Times on private prisons & Arizona) met on the lawn of the state house in Phoenix on Monday to hold a press conference calling for an end to for-profit prison influence peddling in Arizona.
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