For decades, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with immigrants and prisoners in this nation, highlighting the often malicious treatment they face. In 2011, the private prison industry advocated for increasing detentions in many states. AFSC’s research has shown that private prisons have little accountability and poor safety conditions. We oppose profiting off human misery, and have worked to improve prison conditions and reduce the number of people detained.
Watch video from an AFSC vigil at immigrant the GEO detention center in Aurora, CO. The GEO detention center, a private prison in Aurora, CO makes $130 in tax payer money for every immigrant they incarcerate each day.
Bonnie Kerness, director of AFSC's Prison Watch Project discusses solitary confinement on New Jersey Network (NJN) during the spring of 2011. Bonnie and other guests talk about the impact solitary confinement has inmates and the community.