The Arizona Crisis
Arizona faces a mass incarceration and human rights crisis. The enactment of "tough on crime" laws, combined with economic incentives to put away a large portion of the state's population, has led to the creation of one of the largest, fastest-growing and most racialized prison systems in the country. This system has devastated Arizona's families and economy by removing individuals from school and work and destabilizing communities.
See: Justice Center, Council of State Governments, Recent and Projected Growth of the Arizona Prison Population, available at: https://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Arizona_1-pager_v4.pdf.
Prison Policy Initiative, Arizona Profile, available at: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/profiles/AZ.html.
The New Yorker, The Case Against Cash Bail, available at: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-case-against-cash-bail.
Vera Institute, The Price of Prisons, What Incarceration Costs Tax-Payers, available at: http://www.vera.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/Price_of_Prisons_updated_version_072512.pdf