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Advocates: Fast-track immigration courts costly, ineffective

Advocates said that the fast-rack immigration proceeding known as Operation Streamline has failed to deter illegal immigration into the U.S. while creating a "human rights" disaster that fuels a private-prison industry. ... Read more»

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Hundreds of Az prisoners have used razors, drugs in attempted suicides

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona's prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services. ... Read more»

Former inmate helps Arizona ex-cons find jobs, purpose after prison

While still behind bars, Frantz Beasley created AZ Common Ground, a nonprofit that helps those with felony convictions move forward after prison.... Read more»

Arizona to pay $3 million in prison teacher rape case

Arizona agreed on Monday to pay $3 million to an ex-prison teacher who was attacked and raped at a state correctional facility when she was left alone with a violent sexual offender.... Read more»

Analysis

How for-profit companies are driving immigration detention policies

Companies’ quest for greater profits is expanding the immigration custody system at the expense of the health, safety, and rights of immigrants. ... Read more»

Former inmates still pay for crimes, even after they pay debt to society

After serving seven years behind bars for securities fraud, Sue Ellen Allen walked out of Perryville Women’s prison in Glendale on March 19, 2009. But even as she walked away, prison followed her. Even as she tried to start a new life, she always had to “check the box” that said she had been convicted of a crime.... Read more»1

Az children face poverty & instability when parent in prison

Among the 1.6 million children living in Arizona, about one in nine has a parent who is in prison, or on parole or probation. Family members and caregivers of these children also “bear numerous burdens, including stigma and shame associated with having a family member in prison, increased financial strain, physical and emotional stress, and lack of external resources.”... Read more»

Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.... Read more»

Arizona severs ties with prison operator over violent uprisings

Arizona will fire the private operator running a state prison after three major uprisings that caused extensive damage and forced more than 1,200 inmates to be relocated, Governor Doug Ducey said on Wednesday.... Read more»

New efforts to keep mentally ill out of jail

A national campaign to encourage local jurisdictions to collect data on the jailed mentally ill and adopt strategies to avoid incarceration kicked off earlier this month.... Read more»

Advocates: Expand state prisoner transition program

Advocates say the Prisoner Transition Program is being underutilized by the Arizona Department of Corrections even though it has been shown to reduce recidivism. Eligible inmates are released 90 days early if they participate.... Read more»1

GOP lawmakers press bills aimed at cutting incarceration costs, reducing recidivism

Two state lawmakers are aiming to reduce recidivism with bills to provide more support for prisoners transitioning back into society and to allow more monitoring for those found mentally incompetent to stand trial. ... Read more»1

Legislative roundup for week ending Feb. 6

Last week the Legislature voted to move forward a bill banning red-light camera ban, a Senate committee voted to move forward a bill banning driver's from texting, and Democrats took to social media to urge fellow legislators to prioritize schools rather than prisons after Governor Ducey’s budget proposal.... Read more»1

Time is money: Who's making a buck off prisoners' families?

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates' families.... Read more»

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

Part one in a two-part series examining how financial companies charge high fees to the families of prison inmates.... Read more»

Analysis

Money, not morals, drives pro & anti-pot movements

The legalization of cannabis gives rise to a new industry that spends money in Washington to further its interests. But they will be competing against the big money groups which benefit from the continued prohibition of marijuana.... Read more»

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