Challenging The Treatment Industrial Complex

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Challenging The Treatment Industrial Complex
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Challenging The Treatment Industrial Complex says
For-profit prison companies are moving into prison healthcare, forensic mental health, and community corrections programs which threatens to undermine the movement to end mass incarceration by “rebranding” private prison companies as humane providers of “rehabilitation” and “alternatives.”

This is the Treatment Industrial Complex.

The conversation will feature Emily Verdugo, program coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program of AFSC Arizona, Mark Bartlett, organizer of People Over Profits-SD, and survivors of the TIC.

They will discuss how private prison companies are expanding into “community corrections”—including re-entry services like halfway houses, and “alternatives to incarceration” like GPS ankle bracelets, as described in AFSC Arizona’s latest publication, Community Cages: Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to detention.

The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness among advocates about the ways in which private prison companies are seeking contracts in states for re-entry programs, probation and parole services, and other “alternative” programs such as day reporting centers and intermediate sanctions facilities. Verdugo and Bartlett will offer concrete information on how to protect reform efforts against attempts to privatize these programs and expand contracts and profits for for-profit prison companies like GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), as well as how to connect with local struggles affecting Barrio Logan and Southeast San Diego communities. Hosted by: AFSC-San Diego & People over Profits-SD
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By: AFSC-San Diego