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PRESS RELEASE: Arizona Lawmaker Behind $900,000 Giveaway in Taxpayer Funds to Private Prison Company Received Campaign Donations from Same Firm

American Friends Service Committee and Human Rights Defense Center For Immediate Release  PHOENIX, AZ – Last Friday, the Arizona Republic reported that House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh had inserted $900,000 in additional funding into the House state budget for the GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest for-profit prison company. Rep. […]

No Handouts for GEO Group!!

UPDATE March 31, 2014: SUCCESS!  Thanks to the overwhelming outpouring of calls, emails, and support the $900,000 handout was taken out of the budget when the Arizona Senate met today.  Thank you all for your help in making an important dent in the contracts awarded to private for-profit […]

News Roundup #2: Arizona Prisons

For news related to the Arizona Department of Corrections, prisoner death notices, and press releases, a good first step is the ADC website itself.  But as always, we recommend looking for alternate versions of the same news items. January 24: Inmate Allegedly Assaults Lewis Prison Employee, Sparks Lockdown, […]

News Roundup #1: Solitary Confinement

February 20: My Night In Solitary, (NY Times) Colorado Springs – At 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 23, I was delivered to a Colorado state penitentiary, where I was issued an inmate uniform and a mesh bag with my toiletries and bedding… (more) February 25: Solitary Confinement Costs $78K and […]