Prison Privatization

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Arizona prison oversight lacking for private facilities

Critics see the back and forth as proof of how hard it is for the state to hold private-prison operators accountable.

“It’s disgusting but not surprising,” said Caroline Isaacs, a spokeswoman for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group that has called for investigating private-prison companies’ influence in state politics.

Public Hearings for Proposed Private Prison in Coolidge

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Management and Training Corporation (MTC) has proposed a prison of 3,000 or 5,000 beds.

The American Friends Service Committee condemns the decision to build more private prisons as unnecessary and deeply irresponsible given the state’s economic crisis and the dismal safety records of all four of the corporations involved. 

Public Hearings for Proposed Private Prisons in San Luis (Yuma)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

There are TWO proposed prisons for Yuma.  Management and Training Corporation (MTC) has proposed to build a 3,000-bed prison and GEO Group seeks to build one with 2,000-3,000 beds.

The American Friends Service Committee condemns the decision to build more private prisons as unnecessary and deeply irresponsible given the state’s economic crisis and the dismal safety records of all four of the corporations involved. 

Public Hearings for Proposed Private Prison in Winslow

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

LaSalle/Southwest Corrections has proposed a 1,000 bed prison for Winslow.

The American Friends Service Committee condemns the decision to build more private prisons as unnecessary and deeply irresponsible given the state’s economic crisis and the dismal safety records of all four of the corporations involved. 

Public Hearings for Proposed Private Prison in Goodyear

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut) has proposed a prison that could be anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 beds.

The American Friends Service Committee condemns the decision to build more private prisons as unnecessary and deeply irresponsible given the state’s economic crisis and the dismal safety records of all four of the corporations involved. 

Public Hearings for Proposed Private Prison in Eloy

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has proposed two prisons for Eloy—1,500 beds and 3,000 beds.

The American Friends Service Committee condemns the decision to build more private prisons as unnecessary and deeply irresponsible given the state’s economic crisis and the dismal safety records of all four of the corporations involved. 

Two Films from Appalshop

Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Black Lung Kills

coal mine, worker rights,

Black Lung Kills

 The American Friends Service Committee/SERO and Paul Hays of Appalshop Film and Video (Appalshop.org) present 2 documentaries.

Fightin For A Breath - A documentary about "Black Lung". Caused by poor safety standards and lack of safety equipment this fim examines the history of the movement to compensate for black lung and airs archival footage of the United Mine Workers of America organizing against Black Lung. Footage also includes "Black Lung" victims being treated ar a "Black Lung" Clinic. Aired on Kentucky Public Television in the 2000s.

Prisoner questionaire responses

Excerpts from responses to a prisoner questionnaire sent to inmates in private prisons in Arizona.

Testimony of Carrie Ann Shirota, Attorney at Law, Wailuku, Hawaii

Attorney and justice advocate Carrie Ann Shirota of Hawaii , underscores the problems associated with prison privatization and interstate prisoner transfers.

Testimony of Jim Moss, Citizens Opposed to Globe Becoming a Prison Town

Jim Moss, Citizens Opposed to Globe Becoming a Prison Town of Globe, Arizona presents his testimony.

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