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New report: Prison health care in Arizona worsens under private prison company Corizon

In Arizona, where correctional healthcare is privatized, AFSC’s staff published a new report detailing the mistreatment of prisoners in need of medical care.

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.

The reality of for-profit prisons

While New Hampshire’s corrections department reviews proposals from private companies seeking to build and operate its prisons, the state’s residents are learning how prison privatization has played out elsewhere—namely, in Arizona.

Community Forum: Arizona is Maxed Out

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join AFSC and the ACLU of Arizona and for the Arizona is Maxed Out kick-off event to learn more about conditions in Arizona prisons and the impact of solitary confinement on mental health and re-entry.

The community forum will feature presentations about pending ACLU litigation and AFSC’s report on prisoner re-entry after solitary.


Facebook Q&A with "Lifetime Lockdown" Authors

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

During this online chat, Caroline and Matt of AFSC's Arizona office will field your questions about solitary confinement in Arizona, what AFSC is doing to end it, and how you can help.

To participate, write on the event wall before the chat starts, or join the conversation on Facebook as it happens on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Lifetime Lockdown: Mike's Story

To some, Mike (not his real name) may fit the stereotype of someone who accepted his role as a repeat offender. In and out of Arizona prisons for 40 years, he never managed more than a few years of freedom at a time, and usually less; he often returned to prison within a few days or months.

AFSC's Program Update January 2012

This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from January 12, 2012 with General Secretary Shan Cretin and Pacific Southwest Interim Regional Director Eisha Mason.

Audit on Arizona Department of Corrections Oversight of Security Operations

A 2011 performance audit of the Arizona Department of Corrections that explores the issue of oversight of the state’s private prisons.

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