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Durbin puts Goldwater Institute on the spot

US Senator Dick Durbin, who is planning to convene a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on “stand-your-ground” laws next month, asked Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen this week to clarify the conservative group’s position on the controversial law, which Durbin said is an American Legislative Exchange Council “model” legislation.

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  1. As concerned citizens and taxpayers, we would want to know where Goldwater Institute stands. We believe, ALEC has been bad for the people, their rights, freedom and liberty, as well as the state of Arizona. Goldwater Institute’s response confirms their support of ALEC, who has helped turn Arizona into a police and prison state. The private prison corporations who “control” Arizona and the conflict of interest should be exposed and fought by the Goldwater Institute.

    Why were contracts signed Aug. 31, 2012 for 2,000 (private prison corporation CCA) beds behind closed doors, when Arizona does NOT need new prisons?

    Why was a $50,000,000 budget approved for a new “Super Max” prison in June by Chairman Shooter at the Capital Review Committee meeting, with the public told they could not speak or sign in? Why was there no “needs assessment” for a massive project like this? Where is the outside independent assessment of the impact on the people, the communities, the environment?

    Meanwhile, the Federal Courts have ordered the release of thousands of inmates in California — overcrowding. There is a massive hunger strike protesting cruel and inhumane treatment of inmates thrown into solitary confinement for decades. Shouldn’t that be a warning to Arizona as it ramps up expansion?

    Other conservative states are doing away with Super Max and solitary confinement (torture and inhuman treatment in a civil society), along with cutting their prison population, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars?

    Goldwater Institute, Why not investigate this and write some scathing letters?

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