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
Mesa’s Vote in Favor of Jail Privatization is a Vote Against Local Control of Public Safety. “We would like to thank Mayor and Council for their openness to hearing the deep concerns of their residents and those of surrounding communities. But we are dismayed that Mesa’s elected leaders chose to vote against the clear wishes of the majority of their constituents,” said Emily Verdugo, Program Coordinator with AFSC. Continue reading…
Trump Administration Reversal on Private Prisons Signals Prioritization of Special Interests Over Public Safety Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will reverse course on an Obama Administration directive to phase out the use of private prisons in the federal prison system. The announcement directs the Bureau of Prisons to return to its previous policy and to continue using for-profit private prisons. More
AFSC AZ OUTLINES A NEW PATH FORWARD for Arizona’s sentencing laws in 2017. With a new year come new challenges, and we at AFSC Arizona believe that the time has come for bold steps toward reducing the prison population in Arizona. In this new document we detail where Arizona is, how we got here, and exactly where we need to go with regard to the state’s harsh sentencing laws that have left the prison system bloated and ineffective. We aim to change this. To read the full report, follow this link. Please join AFSC Arizona in 2017 with this push toward changing the sentencing laws and reducing incarceration!
READ AFSC ARIZONA’s 2016 ANNUAL REPORT: It’s been quite a year! We are thrilled to share some highlights of 2016 with you in our Annual Report, including new grant funding, legislative victories, and much more! Click THIS LINK to read our AFSC Arizona Annual Report for 2016. And thank you for your support!
TREATMENT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX VIDEO: Check out this short animated video, produced by Brave New Films, that illustrates the dangers of the Treatment Industrial Complex (TIC). Learn more about how private prisons are attempting to hijack the movement to end mass incarceration and what you can do about it here.
REFRAMING JUSTICE PROJECT: AFSC Arizona is proud to announce the launch of a new multi-media project, Reframing Justice that challenges dominant narratives of crime, punishment, and justice. To learn more and watch the first installment of the video series, please go to our Reframing Justice page.
INVESTMENT TOOL: Check out a video recording of our recent webinar on how to use the AFSC’s INVESTIGATE website. This is an online screening tool for individuals to find out if their investments, retirement, 401 K’s etc. include stock in companies that profit from mass incarceration. The tool provides in-depth profiles of various companies and recommends several for divestment. Watch the webinar…
AFSC Arizona in the News
IN THE NEWS:
Program Director Caroline Isaacs’ article on prison profiteering was published in TruthOut on May 9, 2016. “Divesting from the Prison Privateers You Support Every Day” features two of the corporations that are recommended for divestment on AFSC’s INVESTIGATE website. Learn more…
AFSC Arizona in the Community…