AFSC Arizona combines advocacy for incarcerated people and their families with statewide policy change to document and improve prison conditions while working to reduce the number of people incarcerated in Arizona.
We serve as a resource for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their family members, providing information and resources to address questions, and a place to get involved in bringing their voice to the seats of power in Arizona.
Challenging Mass Incarceration: Latest Updates
KINGMAN REPORT: AFSCAZ just released its own independent assessment of the riots at the Kingman private prison in July 2015. Click here to read the report.
One of the major findings in the report is the under-reported fact that Department of Corrections’ tactical support personnel sent in to quell the riot were unnecessarily violent and disrespectful in their treatment of prisoners—whether they were involved in the disturbances or not.
It appears that several prisoners were injured after the riot by the Arizona Department of Corrections’ tactical support unit, rather than being assaulted by other prisoners.
IN THE NEWS: AFSC, Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalition, the NAACP of Maricopa County, and the YWCA of Southern Arizona held a press conference on June 9, 2015 to decry the Arizona Department of Corrections’ plans to spend $50 million over the next two years on up to 2,000 more private prison beds. Read the great coverage in the Arizona Republic and KJZZ.
“Culpable”: Program Director Caroline Isaacs was interviewed by Journalism student, Molly Baker for this excellent piece explaining how for-profit incarceration companies cash in on harsh immigration policies such as Operation Streamline.
IN THE NEWS: AFSC Arizona, Grassroots Leadership, and the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) have released a groundbreaking report “The Treatment Industrial Complex: How For-Profit Prison Corporations are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Gain,” that exposes the ways in which for-profit prison corporations are adapting to historic reductions in prison populations by seeking out new markets previously served by non-profit behavioral health and treatment-oriented agencies. For more information go here.
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