Prison Privatization

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Recap: Profiteering on prisons [Google Hangout]

No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. This was the topic of discussion among three AFSC staff members during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held July 17, 2013.

During the discussion, Caroline Isaacs, who authored the first-ever systematic study of all for-profit prisons operating in Arizona, relayed her experiences in the struggle against privatization.

Prison privatization stopped

In 2012, New Hampshire’s corrections department invited for-profit corporations to submit proposals to operate the state’s prisons. In response, AFSC and allies launched a statewide education campaign about for-profit prisons, which are associated with high levels of violence and reduced labor standards.

The high costs of privatizing prisons

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook

Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Privatizing prisons carries a high cost for prisoners and society, says Natalie Holbrook, who directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.

Listen here to this recent radio interview in which Natalie explains why the humane treatment of prisoners is important and why releasing eligible people is the best way to cut prison costs.

World's largest for-profit prison corporation marks 30-year anniversary

prison surveillance

This year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the world's largest for-profit prison corporation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. CCA pioneered the practice of incarcerating people for money, which has now ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Poll: Arizona voters approve of alternatives to incarceration; disapprove of corrections spending, privatization

PHOENIX, AZ — A pioneering survey has revealed strong support for significant change in Arizona's criminal justice funding and incarceration policies. The data indicate that, while public safety is a very important issue, voters in Arizona believe criminal justice policies should be cost effective, and they are open to alternative approaches as a means of reducing the state budget.

AFSC, NH coalition partners urge ban on for-profit prisons

The analysis of proposals by for-profit prison companies has prompted the state of New Hampshire to cancel the privatization process. Now, a coalition of organizations opposing prison privatization is calling for passage of a new law prohibiting prison privatization altogether.

AFSC Statement Supporting HB 443, banning private prisons

Arnie Alpert's testimony to the NH Houe Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Feb. 7, 2013.

Should NH Privatize Prisons?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

"Privatizing Prisons: An Ethical Issue for Our Times," is a panel discussion hosted by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist Churches of Exeter, in cooperation with Phillips Exeter Academy.  Panelists include:  Arnie Alpert of AFSC, Rev. Gail Kinney of the S. Danbury UCC Church, Rev.

"Should NH Privatize Prisons?" - Flyer

Poster for Jan. 30, 2013 panel discussion in Exeter NH.

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