No matter how private companies profit on prisons, privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits over the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. This was the topic of discussion among three AFSC staff members during a one-hour Google Hangout on Air held July 17, 2013.
In 2012, New Hampshire’s corrections department invited for-profit corporations to submit proposals to operate the state’s prisons. In response, AFSC and allies launched a statewide education campaign about for-profit prisons, which in other states are associated with high levels of violence and reduced labor standards.
This year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the world's largest for-profit prison corporation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. CCA pioneered the practice of incarcerating people for money, which has now ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry.
PHOENIX, AZ — A pioneering survey has revealed strong support for significant change in Arizona's criminal justice funding and incarceration policies. The data indicate that, while public safety is a very important issue, voters in Arizona believe criminal justice policies should be cost effective, and they are open to alternative approaches as a means of reducing the state budget.
The analysis of proposals by for-profit prison companies has prompted the state of New Hampshire to cancel the privatization process. Now, a coalition of organizations opposing prison privatization is calling for passage of a new law prohibiting prison privatization altogether.
"Privatizing Prisons: An Ethical Issue for Our Times," is a panel discussion hosted by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist Churches of Exeter, in cooperation with Phillips Exeter Academy. Panelists include: Arnie Alpert of AFSC, Rev. Gail Kinney of the S. Danbury UCC Church, Rev.
While New Hampshire’s corrections department reviews proposals from private companies seeking to build and operate its prisons, the state’s residents are learning how prison privatization has played out elsewhere—namely, in Arizona.
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