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.

Beau Hodai shared his expertise on the ties between Arizona goverment, ALEC, and private prison corporations like CCA, and AFSC made the following recommendations:

  1. Permanently cancel the RFP for 5,000 new private beds
  2. Impose an immediate moratorium on new prison construction
  3. Pass state legislation that enacts strict oversight and reporting requirements for all private prisons located in or contracted with the state of Arizona