No matter how private companies profit from prisons—detaining immigrants, needlessly expanding capacity, cutting quality—privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits ahead of the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. Yet many states and the federal government continue to rely on private companies to manage their prisons. As a step toward ending mass incarceration, AFSC works to document the conditions of private prisons and to stop the privatization of prisons, jails, and detention centers.
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The incarceration rate in the U.S. is the highest in the world, with over 2.4 million people currently behind bars. AFSC works to end mass incarceration, improve conditions, stop privatization, and promote a reconciliation and healing approach to criminal justice issues.
Incarceration negatively impacts people on both sides of prison, jail, and detention center walls. AFSC works to ameliorate these conditions and to lift up the stories of resilience, perseverance, and resistance from people living behind bars.
The U.S. deports over 300,000 people annually and holds approximately 400,000 people in immigrant detention facilities across the country at an annual cost of over $2 billion.