Chad Campbell Seeks Charles Ryan's Hide, as Female Corrections Officer Brutally Beaten in Winslow Prison
A press release from the group quoted AFSC's program coordinator Caroline Isaacs as stating that, while ADC directors need to be held accountable, "putting a new Director into an old and failed system won't change the outcome."
Isaacs insisted that, "Ryan's failures reveal a total lack of public oversight over our prisons."
The never-ending string of violent incidents, hazardous conditions, and alarming statistics pulled from the deep hole of ADC's recent record should have all of us scared out of our wits.
Aside from the preventable deaths of Powell and Lester, and the near-death experience of Officer Benavidez, this list of outrages includes the 2010 escape of three dangerous convicts from a private prison in Kingman.
Two of the men subsequently murdered a middle-aged couple vacationing in New Mexico.
An internal review done by ADC pointed the finger at human error and lax security.
Employees of the private prison company Management & Training Corporation "failed to follow sound correctional practices," Ryan stated at the time.
"ADC failed to properly monitor the activities at the Kingman private prison and did not hold the company's feet to the fire," he admitted.
In Campbell's demand for Ryan's hide, he notes that last year, legislative Republicans got rid of a state law, which required, "a comparison of state and private prisons every two years to ensure that private prisons were providing the same quality of services as state prisons at a lower cost."
Campbell observed that previous analyses, "consistently show that the state is losing money on private prisons," and have highlighted "serious safety flaws in all of Arizona's for-profit prisons."
In January, ADC ended its contract with Wexford Health Services, a private provider of health care to inmates. The previous year, it was revealed that the a nurse at Wexford exposed more than 100 inmates to hepatitis C by not properly disposing of a dirty needle.
Wexford was replaced by another private health contractor Corizon, which reportedly employed Ryan's former boss, onetime ADC Director Terry Stewart.
Ryan has denied any impropriety, but Campbell, in his recent statement, found the deal to be "indicative of cronyism" rampant at ADC.
But, obviously, ADC's problems are not confined to the private prison services contracted by the state.