by Joe Watson Our friends at the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) – the Florida-based, nonprofit publishers of Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News – announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) upheld objections last week filed by CoreCivic and the GEO Group that challenged shareholder resolutions […]
by Joe Watson Last week, the Arizona Legislature failed to advance common-sense sentencing reform proposals that would have moved our state away from the outdated policies that continue to proliferate mass incarceration and waste hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars every year. Both HB 2270, sponsored by state […]
HB2270 was introduced by Rep. Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake. It has bipartisan support. But we need constituents across Arizona to chip in and keep the momentum going. Take Action! Ask House Judiciary Chair John Allen and Public Safety Chair Kevin Payne to give this bill a hearing as soon as […]
by PENIEL IBE, AFSC Policy Fellow This week, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill known as the First Step Act (S.756) advanced out of the U.S. Senate, with broad support from across the political spectrum. It’s tremendous to see the conversation on criminal justice reform take center stage, […]
In 1998, I was a budding anti-prison activist, volunteering for the American Friends Service Committee in Arizona (AFSC-AZ). I was fortunate enough to attend the very first Critical Resistance gathering in Oakland and learn that I was actually part of a movement—a vibrant, fierce, and committed group of people who, […]
Note: This blog originally appeared on The Opportunity Agenda’s ‘Insights’ page on August 21, 2018. Earlier this year, the Arizona office of the American Friends Service Committee had an interesting episode involving a Facebook exchange with the most powerful prosecutor in the state. Our office works to reduce the size […]
On this week’s blog, we’re exploring AFSC-AZ’s work through the eyes of our longtime volunteer, Ed Hunt. A former minister and native Wisconsinite, Ed’s been driving every week from Green Valley to Tucson to volunteer at our office for more than six years.