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.
Arizona state statute requires the Department of Corrections to complete a biennial performance comparison review of private and public prisons to determine whether private prisons are safe, well-administered, and providing adequate services to prisoners. The statute was enacted in 1987, but such a review has never been completed. We are asking the court to prevent the Department of Corrections from awarding any new contracts until the required review is completed and then only if the results indicate that private prisons are in compliance with the law.