Wed, Jul 17, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Profiteering on prisons: A Google hangout on air (noon PDT/3 p.m. EDT)

No matter how private companies profit from prisons—detaining immigrants, needlessly expanding capacity, cutting quality—privatizing incarceration puts the pursuit of profits ahead of the needs of taxpayers, prisoners, and prison employees. It’s an impractical and immoral move. Yet many states and the federal government continue to rely on private companies to manage facilities.

In Profiteering on Prisons, a Google Hangout on Air, our media director Alexis Moore will moderate a discussion with three AFSC experts who are taking on privatization in their states:

  • arnie alpertArnie Alpert, New Hampshire program coordinator, whose coalition stopped New Hampshire from privatizing its prisons for the time being and is working for a permanent ban.
  • caroline isaacsCaroline Isaacs, Arizona program director, whose research and mobilization against for-profit prisons in Arizona has put her at the forefront of the movement to stop prison privatization.
  • natalie holbrookNatalie Holbrook, director of AFSC’s criminal justice program in Michigan, who is currently working to stop further privatization of prison services and the privatization of a full prison in Michigan.

How it works

Google Hangouts On Air are live video feeds of AFSC's online talks and presentations. To participate, all you'll need is an Internet connection. No webcam or microphone is necessary—only the presenters and moderator will be visible and audible. You can comment and ask questions by typing in a chat box that will run below the video as the presenters are talking. You can also email your questions to before or during the hangout.

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