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 […]

Weekly Update: 2020 Legislative Process Begins!

The 2020 session of Arizona State Legislature opened on January 13th! We are excited to report that many bills have since been introduced tackling unfair sentencing, barriers to successful reentry, and courtroom proceedings. These bills represent a full spectrum of criminal justice reform — at the front, middle, and back-end of […]

2020 ReFraming Justice Day Kickoff Event!

For too long, Arizona has lagged far behind the rest of the nation on criminal justice reforms. Why? Because prosecutors and other powerful system actors continue to perpetuate false narratives in order to garner support for their failed “tough-on-crime” policies. In 2020, AFSC-AZ’s #ReFramingJustice project will bring scores […]