Private Prisons

Arizona Judge Rejects Temporary Halt to For-Profit Prison Contracts

While AFSC is disappointed that an AZ judge denied its request to temporarily halt contract awards to for-profit prison operators,  a hearing next week could prove ultimately successful.

Arizona Lawsuit Background

For complete information about what's included in these suit, and why AFSC has required the courts intervene we have prepared a short description of the issues involved and the claims filed.

Arizona Department of Corrections Lawsuit Resources

Materials to help the reader understand AFSC's lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Arizona is bidding out for contracts to construct and manage 5,000 new private prison beds.  We have filed a legal complaint requesting an injunction to prevent the State of Arizona from awarding these contracts. 

AFSC Sues to Block More Private Prison Beds in Arizona

Seeking to prevent Arizona from issuing contracts for 5,000 additional private prison beds, the American Friends Service Committee has filed an injunction and temporary restraining order in Maricopa County Superior Court, citing a 2010 escape with a violent aftermath, prison riots and other security concerns.

Testimony of Victoria Lopez, Immigrant Rights Advocate, ACLU-AZ

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. She served as the executive director of the Florence Project from 2005-2007. Victoria received her J.D.

AFSC holds Tucson Public Hearing on Prison Privatization

private prison panel in arizona

AFSC sponsored a Public Hearing on prison privatization in Arizona. This is a record of some of the testimonies and presentations given at the event.

Testimonies against prison privatization in Arizona

In the wake of the escapes of three prisoners from a privately-operated prison in August of 2010 and the murder of a New Mexico couple by one escapee and an accomplice, Arizona legislators called for hearings to investigate what went wrong. But no legislative hearings were ever held.  In response, through public hearings and exhaustive research, AFSC has done the “due diligence” on prison privatization that the state legislature has refused to do. 

TucsonCitizen.com: AFSC Calls for an Investigation into the Politics of Prison Privatization

The American Friends Service Committee and Beau Hodai (author of the groundbreaking article from In These Times on private prisons & Arizona) met on the lawn of the state house in Phoenix on Monday to hold a press conference calling for an end to for-profit prison influence peddling in Arizona.

AFSC Recommendations On Private Prisons in Arizona

Recent media reports have revealed the influence of the for-profit prison industry in the Governor’s office and have suggested that these corporations were behind SB1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, which, if fully implemented, would likely have led to an increase in the number of immigrants held in ICE detention facilities in Arizona, the majority of which are operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

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