Grace Gámez, PhD, ReFraming Justice (RFJ) Project Coordinator & Founder AFSC-Arizona works to reduce incarceration through state sentencing reform, fighting prison and detention expansion, and improving conditions of confinement. Maybe the most important piece of this work is not just including, but following the lead of people who […]
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By Tiera Rainey The past decade has seen a handful of significant victories for the criminal justice reform movement, including the election of so-called progressive prosecutors across the country, a proposed overhaul of California’s cash bail system, the elimination of Jim Crow jury laws in Louisiana, and the […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | Tomorrow, Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) will consider a request from the head of the state’s Department of Corrections (ADC) to re-open the Papago Unit – a converted motel in Douglas that once served as a prison – to accommodate a projected increase […]
by Joe Watson | Unless you have zero sense of civic duty, you probably know that today is Election Day in multiple states and municipalities across the country. Here at home in Tucson, there’s a mayoral election, plus the fate of multiple city council seats and citywide initiatives […]
by Grace Gámez, Ph.D. | Earlier this month, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to attend the 2019 FreeHer conference – a gathering of system-involved women organized and hosted by The National Council of Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. The conference was kicked off with a visit to the […]
On Chuck Ryan’s Last Day as ADC Director, Thank the Families Across Arizona Who Forced Him into Retirement
by AFSC-AZ Staff | For over 40 years, including more than a decade as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), Charles “Chuck” Ryan remained mired in an outdated “custody-and-control” model of corrections that stubbornly rejected advances in the field toward rehabilitation and reform. Ryan’s unfortunate legacy […]
ReFraming Justice Leaders Craft Proposal to Restore Public Trust in Arizona’s Department of Corrections
by AFSC-AZ Staff | Two volunteer leaders of our ReFraming Justice project have released a detailed legislative proposal for the creation of a new body of public oversight that would help reshape and reform state prisons. John Fabricius and Travis Hiland, both of whom are directly impacted by […]