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National Day of Action To End Torture: 5 resources to educate and take action

Five resources to learn more about torture in the US and how you can help end these human rights abuses.

Second Senate Hearings on Solitary Confinement: Possible impact and failure

The second hearing on solitary confinement by the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights of the Senate Judiciary Committee were important in helping to highlighting the issue of solitary and the very fact that they are happening is a reflection of the growing awareness of the issue in our society. However, there is a real danger in focusing on just certain vulnerable parts of the prison population and not recognize that holding any person in prolonged isolation is a form of torture.

Racial violence and the California hunger strike: A perspective from the inside

Sitwa Nantambu Jamaa CA Prisons Hunger Strike

Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, in pictures taken in 2012 and 1988.  Photo: Adithya Sambamurthy

Editor's note: The California prisoners suspended the hunger strike on Sept. 5, 2013. Please visit for the latest information.

Report from the 2013 All New Hampshire Friends Gathering

Transforming a punishment-based justice system to one based on healing

Fifty Quakers and a few friends of the Friends spent most of a Saturday discussing prison conditions, prison ministry, prison policies, and other matters at the All New Hampshire Gathering of Friends, held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord on January 19, 2013.  

Push for More Private Prisons is Irresponsible and Dangerous

Phoenix:  A Quaker group that has been following the issue of prison privatization in Arizona will gather supporters at the state capitol to present concrete evidence that private prisons operated by for-profit corporations do not save the state money, are less safe, and are not accountable to taxpayers.

AFSC's Bonnie Kerness on solitary confinement

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Bonnie Kerness, director of AFSC's Prison Watch Project, discusses solitary confinement on New Jersey Network (NJN).

AFSC Recommendations On Private Prisons in Arizona

Recent media reports have revealed the influence of the for-profit prison industry in the Governor’s office and have suggested that these corporations were behind SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, which, if fully implemented, would likely have led to an increase in the number of immigrants held in ICE detention facilities in Arizona, the majority of which are operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

Prison Privatization in Arizona

A briefing paper prepared by the American Friends Service Committee, Arizona Area Program on the private prisons in Arizona.  This paper highlights areas of concern including the health and safety of prison populations, the safety of the general public, escalating costs, and ethical violations and conflicts of interest among prison operators.

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