This summer, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a landmark law reforming the state’s criminal background check system. Aimed at improving acc ess to jobs, housing and other vital services for residents with arrest records, overhauling the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) has been a target for Massachusetts community activists for over a decade.
Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona. The state currently has eleven prisons operating under contract with for-profit corporations, but a recent escape by three inmates from the Kingman Prison Complex and the resulting murder of an elderly couple in New Mexico have raised questions about the role they play in Arizona.
Approximately 100 people attended a public meeting with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Plainfield Police Division last weekend to strengthen relationships and create understanding among immigrants regarding their rights and responsibilities as city residents, officials announced Friday.
Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona, and now a series of public hearings are being held to gather information concerning this trend. Luis Carrión spoke with Caroline Isaacs of the American Friends Service Committee, the group coordinating the public hearings.
The issues on the agenda are criminal justice (specifically juvenile justice), mental illness and substance abuse in Iowa, workforce development, and immigration. More AMOS specific information on each of these topics can be found on the AMOS website, www.amosiowa.org. Click on the AMOS Issues Assembly under the Upcoming Events section on the home page and it will take you to links to fact sheets on all four agenda issues.
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