Public Hearings on Prison Privatization in Arizona
In the interest of government accountability, integrity of our corrections system, and public safety, the American Friends Service Committee, the Private Corrections Working Group, and community partners are initiating a series of public hearings on prison privatization to be held around the state this fall.
The first will be held in Tucson on Wednesday, October 27th from 6:00-8:00pm at Pima Community College, Downtown Campus.
The hearing will be convened by a panel of elected officials and community leaders who will hear the testimony and pose questions. The conveners of the Tucson panel confirmed at present are:
Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias
Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik
Assistant City Manager Richard Miranda, former Chief of Police
State Representative Phil Lopes
· The Arizona Department of Corrections
· The for-profit prison management corporations
· Prison staff
· Prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and their families
· Local community members
· Experts on the financial and social impacts of prison privatization