The Fair Care for All Campaign is a priority for the ACLU of Arizona. We seek to end Arizona’s reliance on incarceration by advocating for more humane and cost-efficient alternatives together with fair and equitable criminal justice reforms.
Arizona’s prisons are over-crowded, understaffed, and unsafe. Incarcerating more people in these unconstitutional conditions comes with a hefty price to taxpayers and does nothing to increase public safety. Arizona needs prison reform. And that reform must address the inadequate medical and mental health care, unsafe conditions, overuse of solitary confinement, and increasing reliance on privatization.
More and more prisons and prison services in Arizona are run by private, for-profit corporations. Keeping more people locked up longer means greater profits, but not greater safety. Cutting corners on medical and mental health care, security officers, and rehabilitation programs make prisons more dangerous for inmates, staff, and communities. Contracts with for-profit companies do not change the state’s obligation to protect people in prison from cruel and unusual punishment or to ensure that contractors comply with the Constitution.