2020 Weekly Update: March 6th

We know you’re waiting to hear the status of Rep. Walt Blackman’s HB 2808! With state budget negotiations and arguments over discriminatory measures dominating the week, many bills have been slow to move, including HB 2808. We hope that, by next week, the bill will be scheduled to […]

2020 Weekly Update: February 28th

Help Permanently Defeat HB 2036 In The News… It is time for Arizona to abolish failed truth in sentencing lawsFebruary 25th, 2020 by Michelle Cirocco, via Arizona Capitol Times Arizona has 4th-highest prison population in U.S. Ballot measure could change thatFebruary 25th, 2020 by Maria Polletta, via Arizona […]

2020 Weekly Update: February 21st

In The News… Arizona House approves bill to allow non-violent offenders time off for classes February 19th, 2020 via KVOA News 4 Tucson Local Prisoner Advocacy Organization Launches Statewide Ballot Initiative February 19th, 2020 via Kathleen Kunz, Tucson Weekly House panel OKs bill that would change state’s early […]

2020 Weekly Update: February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at AFSC-AZ! Next week will be BIG for sentencing reform in Arizona! On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Allen, is scheduled to hear HB 2808, sponsored by Rep. Walt Blackman and co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of […]

2020 Weekly Update: February 7th

*THIS CONTENT HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE ITS ORIGINAL PUBLICATION. On 2/6/20, Rep. Walt Blackman introduced his earned release credits (ERC) bill, HB 2808. NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A BILL. IT HAS NOT YET PASSED AND IS NOT A LAW. It still needs to go through a long legislative […]

2020 Weekly Update: January 31st

We’re all waiting for legislation to be filed that would reform Arizona’s ineffectual system of Earned Release Credits (ERC). As you probably know, everyone locked up in Arizona’s state prisons – no matter their conviction, their disciplinary record, or their personal successes while incarcerated – must serve at least 85% of their […]

2020 Weekly Update: January 24

What a week it was! It began with a raucous, make-your-eardrums-bleed kick in the pants with our KICK OUT THE JAMS FOR JUSTICE! (KOTJ4J) concert at First Church UCC in Phoenix, featuring WAYNE KRAMER, legendary proto-punk guitarist of The MC5! Wayne and Jason Heath (Wayne’s lead instructor for their revolutionary prison-to-musician education […]