Companies that profited the most by operating privatized prisons are now expanding into the areas of community corrections.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has been a leader in the battle against privatized prisons, arguing that such institutions care more about profits than rehabilitation. Now, as community sentiment and mounting costs fuel efforts to reduce prison populations, AFSC is warning of a new threat against the same foes.

Companies that profited the most by operating privatized prisons are now expanding into the areas of community corrections. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo Group now offer services such as healthcare, mental wellness and probation services.

Emily Verdugo, an American Friends Service Committee Arizona staff member, will speak on this new topic in a 3:00 p.m. lecture on Thursday (April 27) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

According to Verdugo, he same patterns of neglect and abuse AFSC has documented in privately operated prisons are now being observed in the post-prison treatment parts of the criminal justice system—warehousing, medical neglect, abuse, violence, escapes, and mismanagement.

Emily Verdugo

An Arizona native, Verdugo grew up in Pinal County, where she was an elected city council member for the City of Coolidge and has served on various boards and committees, including the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and the Arizona Community Action Association.

Honored as one of Chicanos Por La Causa’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40, and named one of the Top 20 Latino Democrats to Watch by the Houston Chronicle, she is fully bilingual and active in numerous coalitions statewide.

Founded in 1917 by pacifist Quakers as an alternative to military service during World War I, the Service Committee has grown to an international organization with programs in 15 countries around the world and 37 offices in the US. Since opening in 1981, AFSC Arizona has focused on the movement to end mass incarceration.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

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