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.
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.
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.
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.
A briefing paper prepared by the American Friends Service Committee, Arizona Area Program on the private prisons in Arizona. This paper highlights areas of concern including the health and safety of prison populations, the safety of the general public, escalating costs, and ethical violations and conflicts of interest among prison operators.
Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona. The state currently has eleven prisons operating under contract with for-profit corporations, but a recent escape by three inmates from the Kingman Prison Complex and the resulting murder of an elderly couple in New Mexico have raised questions about the role they play in Arizona.
Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona, and now a series of public hearings are being held to gather information concerning this trend. Luis Carrión spoke with Caroline Isaacs of the American Friends Service Committee, the group coordinating the public hearings.
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