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Through research, documentation, media work, and policy advocacy, American Friends Service Committee – Arizona (AFSC-AZ) challenges criminalization, opposes prison expansion, and advocates for policy change to reduce the size and scope of the criminal punishment system, which encompasses not just physical places of incarceration, but also the proliferation of systems of control, surveillance, and supervision.

Established in 1981 as one of Arizona’s only prisoner advocacy organizations, AFSC-AZ works to change public opinion from punitive and retributive approaches to a discussion of root causes, best practices, and inclusive and healing justice. Those directly impacted by the current criminal punishment system are central to this discussion, and must be leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration.


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