----------from the American Friends Service Committee-------
This report will be the first of its kind in Arizona. To date there
has been no government or independent analysis of the performance and
quality of all prisons in the state. Given that private for-profit
prisons have operated in Arizona for decades, this fact in itself is
shocking. Arizona has invested millions of taxpayer dollars in
for-profit prisons but has provided no evidence that these prisons are
safe, cost effective, or competent at fulfilling the job taxpayers pay
them to do.
When AFSC learned that the state had not properly monitored and
reported on for-profit prison operations, as mandated by law, AFSC
undertook its own investigation into the prison industry in Arizona.
The conclusions are based on data from published studies, news
reports, state audits, Department of Corrections data and safety
inspection reports, and first-person testimony. The full report will
paint a more complete so far available picture of the performance of
for-profit prisons in Arizona.
Included in the study are data on six prisons operated by Corrections
Corporation of America that are located in Arizona but do not contract
with the state, putting them outside state oversight. This data provides
a unique glimpse inside a group of prisons that most Arizonans don’t
even know exist.
Below you will find the preliminary report summary, and much the data
used for the main report. Additional data will be posted, along with
the complete report.
In response to public pressure, the Arizona Department of Corrections
agreed in August 2011 to prepare a report of its own. AFSC believes
that the public deserve an independent assessment before the signing of
contracts for additional for-profit prisons.
Released December 19, 2011. This is the preliminary report summary.
It provides insights into the full report material, and highlights some
of the key findings. AFSC is releasing these preliminary findings
to help the public understand the scope of the problem caused by prison
privatization in Arizona and to encourage more discussion and review
before any more public funds are spent on private prison beds.
How the political strategies of private prison companies promote ineffective incarceration policies.
As the federal government continues its reliance on immigration
detention, more and more people, including thousands in Arizona, are
forced to endure injustices and inhumane treatment. Through contracts
with private corporations and local county jails, U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains 3,000 immigrants on any given day in
Arizona - a 58 percent increase over the past six years.
This copy of a PowerPoint presentation by Arizona Department of
Corrections Director Charles Ryan reviews basic statsics for the Arizona
prison system in 2011, with projections for 2012.
Department’s misleading cost data and improper contracting make prison solutions more elusive.
Arizona Department of Corrections Offender Operations' security
assessment of Management and Training Corporation's (MTC) running of
Arizona Prisons; Florence West, CACF, Marana, and Phoenix West.
Arizona Department of Corrections' report on Kingman facility from which two inmates escaped.
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