by Joe Watson | Unless you have zero sense of civic duty, you probably know that today is Election Day in multiple states and municipalities across the country. Here at home in Tucson, there’s a mayoral election, plus the fate of multiple city council seats and citywide initiatives […]
On Chuck Ryan’s Last Day as ADC Director, Thank the Families Across Arizona Who Forced Him into Retirement
by AFSC-AZ Staff | For over 40 years, including more than a decade as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), Charles “Chuck” Ryan remained mired in an outdated “custody-and-control” model of corrections that stubbornly rejected advances in the field toward rehabilitation and reform. Ryan’s unfortunate legacy […]
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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 […]
Press Contact: Joe Watson Phone: 602.383.4155 Tucson, Arizona – June 29, 2019 – Over the past 27 years, the work of American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ) to reduce the criminal punishment system has been rooted in a fundamental Quaker tenant: Worth, dignity, and Light are present in all […]
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 […]