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Prison privatization

No matter how private companies profit from prisons—detaining immigrants, needlessly expanding capacity, cutting quality—privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits ahead of the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. Yet many states and the federal government continue to rely on private companies to manage their prisons. As a step toward ending mass incarceration, AFSC works to document the conditions of private prisons and to stop the privatization of prisons, jails, and detention centers.   

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Resources

"Private Prisons: the Public's Problem" report cover
Resource

Detailing the safety, quality, and cost of private prisons in Arizona, this is the first-ever systematic study of all for-profit prisons operating in the state. Released in February 2012, this report reveals widespread and persistent problems in private facilities around safety, lack of accountability, and cost.

Pushing back on privatization

Cover of report on Kingman prison riots
Document

AFSC, a non-profit organization working for justice and human rights nationally and internationally, has released an independent assessment of the July 2015 riots in the Kingman, AZ prison complex. This report found that understaffing, prisoner mistreatment by guards, and poor management caused persistent problems before the riots in this privately managed prison.

Related issues

AFSC strives to promote healing – instead of punishment – in the U.S. criminal justice system. We advocate for alternatives to incarceration, better reintegration after prison, an end to prison privatization, more humane conditions of confinement, and ultimately, the abolition of prisons.

In multiple countries, AFSC works to address the economic and political drivers of migration while supporting migrant communities. Our immigration programs include legal services, training, human rights monitoring, humanitarian relief, immigrant-led organizing, and advocacy for humane immigration policies.

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