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.
The issues on the agenda are criminal justice (specifically juvenile justice), mental illness and substance abuse in Iowa, workforce development, and immigration. More AMOS specific information on each of these topics can be found on the AMOS website, www.amosiowa.org. Click on the AMOS Issues Assembly under the Upcoming Events section on the home page and it will take you to links to fact sheets on all four agenda issues.
With more and more prisons being built and more and more people being sent to prison—sometimes to solitary confinement—two films on the life of prisoners and their families, crime victims, and life after release are particularly timely. Both will be screened on Thursday, October 21, 2010at 7 p.m. at the Friends Center at 1501 Cherry St.
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- A public meeting on Prison Privatization in Arizona will be held on Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m.The meeting is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and Private Corrections Working Group.
Jamie Bissonette of Pembroke was appointed as the new chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission (MITSC) at the commission's meeting on July 1. Bissonette, a Missisquoi Abenaki, coordinates the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England and staffs both the Sipayik Criminal Justice Commission for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Wabanaki Tribal Advisory Group to the Maine Department of Corrections.
Arizona's controversial immigration law is partially in effect, but key elements of it have been put on hold by a judge. Those against the law, including AFSC's Jeff Napolitano, warn of its consequences.
San Diego community members are calling for action to stop Arizona's new immigration law. Opponents are calling the law racist and even though a federal judge blocked some of the most controversial sections of it, they said the fight is not over.
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