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
Stop the Privatization of Mesa’s city jail!: The City of Mesa is currently negotiating with CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), for a contract to privatize the city jail.
This is a dangerous experiment as it would be the first jail in Arizona to be run by a private, for-profit corporation. CoreCivic/CCA also has come under fire nationally for a long track record of mismanagement, prisoner abuse, price gouging, and other issues. Click here to contact Mesa Mayor John Giles today and ask him to rescind the request for proposal and end negotiations with CoreCivic. Learn more here.
May 31st, 2017 – Blurring the Boundaries: Trauma and Healing Justice
AFSC is excited to host Blurring the Boundaries: Trauma and Healing Justice on May 31st, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson AZ, 85745.
This conference will offer a critical examination of how the criminal justice system responds to, reinforces, and creates trauma for crime survivors, people accused of crime, and their families, as well as for the community at large.
Community leader and President/Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, Glenn E. Martin, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Martin has been working to amplify the voices of formerly incarcerated and convicted people for over 15 years, and will provide necessary context about the role of trauma in the criminal justice system. Learn more here.
Celebrate 100 Years of Speaking Truth to Power: On Tuesday, March 28th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, AFSC Arizona is marking its Centennial with a celebration at La Cocina Restaurant in the historic Presidio district of downtown Tucson, 201 N. Court Ave, Tucson AZ 85701! The event is free and open to the public. Live music, poetry readings, and a silent auction will be the main events of the evening. Our goal is to raise funds for the program’s ongoing work of advocating against mass incarceration and immigration detention, working to improve prison conditions, and reducing the number of people incarcerated in Arizona. Learn more here.
BREAKING: 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…