Press Contact: Joe Watson Phone: 602.383.4155 Tucson, Arizona — June 22, 2018 — The American Friends Service Committee of Arizona (AFSC-AZ) applauds today’s ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan that imposes $1.4 million in sanctions against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and Director Charles Ryan. For […]
Research & Social Media Consultant for American Friends Service Committee-Arizona.
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AFSC-Arizona’s #ReframingJustice Project believes the power of storytelling can reduce the size and scope of the criminal punishment system. Because human stories can change the narrative by vividly illustrating the tragedies of mass incarceration that occur every day. Neil Early’s story is one that must be told. Neil […]
Press Contact: Joe Watson Phone: 602.383.4155 Tucson, Arizona — June 14, 2018 — The American Friends Service Committee of Arizona was disheartened to hear of Speaker J.D. Mesnard’s decision to dissolve the Ad Hoc Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform today in response to Rep. David Stringer’s derogatory […]
Last month, KVOA Channel 4 (Tucson’s NBC affiliate) aired a story that discussed important issues related to the criminal punishment system, violence against women, and our role as a community. The issues brought to light concerns of safety and relationships, to which KVOA responded by asking: Do Arizona […]
To help shift the narrative locally about violence, AFSC-Arizona, in collaboration with Common Justice, hosted a screening and conversation on harm, accountability, and safety on May 17. The screening included a collection of short videos with directly impacted people—Ever After: Stories of Violence, Accountability, and Healing—that provided a […]
A few months ago, a journalist and old college friend of mine asked if he could interview me for a profile in the monthly lifestyle magazine, PHOENIX. I was reluctant, at first, dreading the idea of rehashing the criminal behavior that sent me to prison more than 11 […]
Reporters from local and national media often reach out to AFSC-Arizona for comments on trends and legislation related to our criminal punishment system. But they also ask us to connect them with people who are formerly incarcerated or system-involved. We’re always willing to help, so long as journalists […]