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Commentary State’s criminal justice system needs reform

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:00 am

In March of 2012, the ACLU and National Prison Project sued the Arizona state prison system (Gamez v. Ryan, No. CV010-2070, U.S. District Court) in a class action for violation of the Eighth Amendment for a host of problems including medical, dental and mental-health care and misuse of solitary confinement. The 78-page complaint reads like something from a 14th-century torture chamber. It should make every Arizonan ashamed.  

Still Arizona legislators seem to think that prison is the solution for every problem. With a population of 6.5 million, Arizona has a prison population of 41,000, the top incarceration rate in the West. Massachusetts and Washington, with comparable populations, have prison populations of 11,000 and 17,000 respectively. In addition, Arizona has the sixth-largest private prison population in the U.S., and 23 percent of Arizona’s prisoners are held in private moneymaking facilities.  

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