By AFSC-AZ Staff | Over the last two years, American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ) has worked with state Rep. Walt Blackman on sentencing reform legislation, focusing on the areas of earned release credits for people in prison to reduce Arizona’s prison population and increasing options for mental health […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | AFSC-Arizona co-signs our national organizational statement condemning the police killing of George Floyd and police violence against protesters, and we stand in solidarity with our colleagues and partners doing this work. “The brutal murder of George Floyd is the consequence of a racist system […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | The Second Chances, Rehabilitation, and Public Safety Act initiative combines elements of several of the sentencing reform bills that were introduced – and supported by AFSC-Arizona – in the last couple of years, but were blocked from receiving hearings by the opposition or vetoed by the […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | A coalition of public health and criminal justice reform organizations, led by AFSC-Arizona, has sent a second letter to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) requesting greater transparency regarding its role to protect, test, and treat incarcerated people and prison staff. During Governor […]
After the Arizona House of Representatives voted Thursday to adjourn sine die, the 2020 legislative session is officially over. The good news is that the main reason why legislation like HB 2808 and other reforms did not pass this year has far more to do with the pandemic than anything else, and the future looks bright for impactful reforms.
By AFSC-AZ Staff | Last week, we wrapped up our ReFraming Justice Mutual Aid campaign, which inspired donations of thousands of hygiene items to people incarcerated inside Arizona state prisons. Since the conclusion of this campaign, we’ve received lots of questions about this effort and what we are […]
Oversight for the Win! Gov. Ducey’s stay-at-home order is expiring today for those of us on the outside, but it looks like the fight against further spread of COVID-19 inside Arizona’s state prisons is just beginning. Earlier this week, Ducey and Dr. Cara Christ, the director of the […]