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
ACTION! Petition drive and social media campaign to cancel plans for up to 2,000 new private prison beds in AZ. Beginning Tuesday, June 16th, join us as we send a message to Governor Ducey and the Department of Corrections: No new prisons! Let’s invest the projected $50 million the state wants to spend on new prisons into the things that truly make our communities safer–education, drug treatment, mental health services, child protection, and other human needs. Sign the petition! Use the hashtag, #$50million4AZ to tell @dougducey what YOU would spend $50 million on to make Arizona better! Read more…
AFSC Arizona is proud to welcome the newest addition to its staff, Emily Verdugo!! Read more about Emily and the work she will be taking point on for AFSC Arizona here…
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.
Here is some of the great work we do…