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.
Caroline Isaacs spoke to 75 people at Keene State College during her 3-day New Hampshire speaking tour.
A Warning for New Hampshire
Don’t follow Arizona down the path of prison privatization, New Hampshire residents were warned last week by Caroline Isaacs, an activist and researcher from the American Friends Service Committee’s office in Tucson.
Speaking September 4 to 6 at public events in Concord, Keene, Nashua, and Lancaster, Isaacs described the actual cost and performance of eleven Arizona prisons owned and run by three corporations that have each submitted proposals to build and operate a major new prison facility in New Hampshire.
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