“The Treatment Industrial Complex: How For-Profit Prison Corporations are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Gain,” highlights the expansion of the incarceration industry away from warehousing people and into areas that traditionally were focused on treatment and care of individuals in the criminal justice system.
In 2012, New Hampshire’s corrections department invited for-profit corporations to submit proposals to operate the state’s prisons. In response, AFSC and allies launched a statewide education campaign about for-profit prisons, which are associated with high levels of violence and reduced labor standards.
Natalie Holbrook directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan.
Privatizing prisons carries a high cost for prisoners and society, says Natalie Holbrook, who directs AFSC's Criminal Justice Program in Michigan. Listen to this radio interview in which Natalie explains why the humane treatment of prisoners is important and why releasing eligible people is the best way to cut prison costs.
This year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the world's largest for-profit prison corporation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. CCA pioneered the practice of incarcerating people for money, which has now ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry.
PHOENIX, AZ — A pioneering survey has revealed strong support for significant change in Arizona's criminal justice funding and incarceration policies. The data indicate that, while public safety is a very important issue, voters in Arizona believe criminal justice policies should be cost effective, and they are open to alternative approaches as a means of reducing the state budget.
"Privatizing Prisons: An Ethical Issue for Our Times," is a panel discussion hosted by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist Churches of Exeter, in cooperation with Phillips Exeter Academy. Panelists include: Arnie Alpert of AFSC, Rev. Gail Kinney of the S. Danbury UCC Church, Rev.
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