Tuesday, January 12, 2016

At Least Ducey Mentioned Some Interest in Prison Sentencing Reform During State of the State

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 4:08 PM

click to enlarge PHOTOSPIN
  • Photospin

During his State of the State speech in Phoenix Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey expressed interest in prison sentencing reform, and reducing the state's prison population. 

Ducey, who's starting his second year in office, didn't provide much detail, except that he would like to create a panel of substance abuse experts to look into drug abuse treatment—perhaps as an alternative to prison or jail time for people facing nonviolent drug convictions? Pima County has a program that's had much success in giving people second chances, and keeping jail beds from overflowing.

The Tucson-based prison reform advocacy group American Friends Service Committee applauded what they called the "governor's openness to discuss these issues."

AFSC Program Director Caroline Isaacs issued this statement:

AFSC has worked tirelessly for the last 15 years to promote evidence-based alternatives to incarceration with the state’s leadership, and is pleased to see progress being made.

The Governor’s leadership on sentencing reform is courageous and timely. Everyone knows that constant prison expansion is not only unsustainable, it is also not producing a proportional increase in public safety.

The group now calls on the Governor and state legislature to nix plans for funding 1,000 more private prison beds through a new contract with Corrections Corporation of America, and to deny the Department of Corrections’ request for permission to bid out an additional 2,500 beds.

The requested beds simply will not be needed. In addition to the Governor’s plan, there are bills ready to be introduced this session that would cut the prison population substantially, eliminating the need to commit the state to another costly 20-year contract with a for-profit prison corporation.

The majority of other states, including those with conservative leadership, have proven that evidence-based sentencing reform can cut prison costs and produce greater gains in crime and recidivism reduction. We hope this is the beginning of a constructive dialogue about safely reducing prison populations and we look forward to sharing ideas with our state leadership.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by María Inés Taracena

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Meditation and Buddhist study

Meditation and Buddhist study @ Sky Island Zen

Tuesdays, Saturdays

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Cool Summer Nights

Beat Arizona heat and enjoy a family-friendly outing during the Desert Museum’s Cool Summer Nights. The stunning… More

@ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Saturdays, 5-10 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2 2021 N. Kinney Road.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Tour Diaries: XIXA Day 8: 'Gabe Heard and Saw Me Reset My Knee From Across the Room.' (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Quick Bites: Tequila Takeover (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Tour Diaries! XIXA Day 9: Show Rocks, Then Laundry Day in The Swiss Alps. (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Bear Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation