Caroline Isaacs serves as program director for the AFSC office in Tucson, Arizona. The office works on criminal justice reform, including prison conditions, watchdogging and policy change at the state level aimed at reducing the number of people incarcerated in Arizona. A large part of the work has been organizing against the proliferation of private, for-profit prisons. Under her leadership, the office has organized public hearings, mobilized constituents to speak out, and done extensive media work on the issue. She has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Arizona Republic, New Hampshire Union Leader and Arizona Public Broadcasting. She publishes a blog, Cell-out AZ.
Last year, AFSC sued the Arizona Department of Corrections to prevent it from signing new contracts for 5,000 private prison beds. The office issued a comprehensive report on the performance of private prisons in Arizona, citing research showing that they are not saving money and are plagued by security failures.
Caroline has worked with AFSC in various capacities since 1995. She began with a one-year internship, then became a member of the Arizona Area Committee, and was hired as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator in 2001. She became program director in 2004.
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