Constitutional Challenge to Private Prisons

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    November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    2017-11-15T12:00:00-07:00
    2017-11-15T13:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    College of Law Bldg
    1201 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721
    USA

    “Room 156; Hosted by Abolish Private Prisons

    “Private Prisons Are Unconstitutional”: John Dacey, Arizona attorney and founder of Abolish Private Prisons, discusses abolishing private for-profit prisons. The United States and the majority of state governments have created a justice system that promotes incarceration to drive profit. Our society has made it very profitable for huge corporations to incarcerate people, and the burden of this unholy dynamic falls most disproportionately on the poor and people of color. Private prison corporations command 20-year contracts in Arizona, for example, that guaranty payment for 90% occupancy, and they oppose reforms that would lead to leniency, decriminalization, and alternatives to incarceration. Prisoners are calculated as growth commodities on corporate balance sheets. Shareholders are fiscally rewarded when private prison populations increase. These corporations thrive on recidivism. This practice, sponsored by government, is inherently flawed and filled with economic conflicts of interest that violate “life and liberty” guarantees in the Constitution of the United States. Incarceration-for-profit is the new slavery. It is time to abolish this practice throughout the United States.”

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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