Arizona has enthusiastically embraced prison privatization, with 13 percent of the state prison population housed in private facilities. This report looks at the performance and cost of private prisons.
On October 27, 2011, Judge Arthur T. Anderson ruled in favor of the State of Arizona, and denied AFSC's request the no new private prison contracts be signed before the completion of the required evaluation of the existing system.
Since AFSC filed for an injunction in Arizona to prevent the state from signing contracts for 5,000 additional for-profit prison beds before a legally mandated review is complete, media outlets throughout the state have run stories on the issue.
Arizona Department of Corrections, ASP- Kingman Security Assessment, August 4-6, 2010. Reviews security lapses that led to the escape of three prisoners. Reports that the alarm system “is not functioning properly, is not maintained properly, it is not monitored correctly, and it is not tested properly.” Also refers to the inexperience and lack of training of staff: “Finding staff with 2 or more years of service is rare.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Victoria worked in private practice focusing on removal defense and detention matters. She was formerly an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project where she provided legal representation, pro se assistance and advocated for changes in the conditions of confinement for immigrant men and women detained in Florence and Eloy, Arizona.
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