The Arizona Department of Corrections has given a green light for a contract with a private, for-profit correctional management corporations for the construction and management of up to 2,000 additional state prison beds. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) was the sole bidder. It has proposed to build a prison in either Eloy or Yuma.
The Department of Corrections will be holding public hearings in the two towns under consideration for a new prison. The public is encouraged to attend and voice their concerns about having a private prison as a neighbor.
So far only one of the hearings has been scheduled:
Tuesday, November 17th, 5-7pm
Santa Cruz Valley High School Auditorium,
900 N Main St, Eloy, AZ 85131
We need your help to stop this prison.
Here’s what you can do:
- Spread the word.Please go through your contacts and find everyone you know who lives in Pinal County-old college roommates, second cousin twice removed-anyone! Let them know about the hearing and ask them to tell their neighbors. It is very important that people from the local communities come and have a voice. Please send this email to anyone you think would be interested in getting involved.
- Write a letter to the editorsaying you don’t want more private prisons. If you live in or near Eloy, please write a letter to the local paper there. We can get you the email to send them to, and we have lots of material if you need background information, facts and figures, etc.
- Attend the hearing.If you are in Tucson, we will be carpooling from the AFSC office. Call or email to arrange for a ride. We will reimburse people for gas if you end up driving for the carpool. We will also provide you with talking points and questions to ask.It is critical that we have a strong presence at these hearings. PLEASE consider attending!
Questions? Want to get involved? Contact AFSC at 520.623.9141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org