Arizona Department of Corrections Lawsuit Resources

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Prison Through the Fence

Shayan Sanyal

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.

Arizona Lawsuit Background

For complete information about what's included in these suit, and why AFSC has required the courts intervene we have prepared a short description of the issues involved and the claims filed.

Arizona Lawsuit Media Coverage

Since AFSC filed for an injunction in Arizona to prevent the state from signing contracts for 5,000 additional for-profit prison beds before a legally mandated review is complete, media outlets throughout the state have run stories on the issue.

Arizona Lawsuit Complaint

Read to full text of the complaint AFSC filed against the State of Arizona on September 12, 2011.

AFSC Asks Judge for Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Private Prison Contracts

Injunction Filed, Group Asks Judge for Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Private Prison Contracts

Caroline Isaacs Arizona Lawsuit Statement

My name is Caroline Isaacs and I am the program director for the Arizona program of the American Friends Service Committee, an international social justice organization grounded in the Quaker faith.  Our Arizona program focuses on criminal justice reform, and in this capacity, we have been monitoring the growth of for-profit prisons in Arizona over the last 15 years.  It is in this capacity that I represent AFSC as a plaintiff in this suit.

ADOC Report on Kingman Escapes

Internal  Arizona Department of Corrections investigation into the escapes from the Kingman private prison in 2010.

Cure Notice to MTC

This is the “Cure Notice” letter sent to Management and Training Corporation by ADC Director Charles Ryan regarding unresolved safety problems in the Kingman facility after the escapes in 2010.

ADOC Private Prison Review

A summary of the safety inspections of 4 state-contracted private prisons after the escapes from Kingman in 2010.

Injunction Ruling: October 27, 2011

On October 27, 2011, Judge Arthur T. Anderson ruled in favor of the State of Arizona, and denied AFSC's request the no new private prison contracts be signed before the completion of the required evaluation of the existing system.

Notice of Appeal

The Notice of Appeal transfers jurisdiction from the trial court (which dismissed our original suit) to the appeals court, and signals the clerk to transcribe all the recordings of court proceedings to transmit to the appeals court.

Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal

This document asks the Court to stop the Department of Corrections from awarding the contracts for new private prisons while our appeal is pending.  We don’t know when the appeal will be heard.  Since the whole point of our suit is to halt the contracts, it would be fruitless if the DOC signed contracts before we got our ‘day in court’ for the appeal.

Request for an Expedited Ruling

We requested an expedited ruling on our injunction because the DOC had said they might award the contracts as early as November 22.

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