MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Wednesday, 20 November 2013
CONTACT: Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY: NEW REPORT Reveals Widespread Practice of Transferring Prisoners Across State Lines for Profit
Telephone News Press Conference on November 20th with Experts, Report Author, & Victims of Prison Transfer Reveals How CA, VT, HI and ID House Over 10,500 Prisoners Out-of-State For Profit
CALIFORNIA — In a new report to be released on Wednesday, November 20th, Grassroots Leadership, a 33-year old Southern-based national social justice organization that works to end for-profit incarceration, documents the widespread practice of transferring prisoners from California, Vermont, Hawaii and Idaho across state lines to for-profit private prison facilities.
Locked Up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfers and the Private Prison Industry, written by Holly Kirby, found that more than 10,500 state prisoners are incarcerated in private, for-profit prisons outside of their home states, at facilities approximately 450 to 3000 miles away, with States’ spending an estimated $320 million per year in out of state incarcerations.
In a telephone news press conference on to be held on Wednesday, November 20th, Grassroots Leadership will be joined by experts and civil rights leaders in the fight against for-profit incarceration as well as by the families of prisoners currently held out of state, to brief reporters on the issue, and present the findings of their report.
– Bob Libal, Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership
– Holly Kirby, MSSW, researcher and organizer, Grassroots Leadership
– Suzi Wizowaty, Vermont State Representative
– John, formerly incarcerated Vermont prisoner who was transferred to Kentucky
– Monica Hopkins, Executive Director, ACLU of Idaho
– Kat Brady, Coordinator, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawaii
– Diana Zuniga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget
DATE: Wednesday, November 20th.
TIME: 2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT/ 12:00pm MT/ 11:00am PT / 9:00am HST
CALL-IN NUMBER: 866-952-7528, 785-424-1831
CONFERENCE ID: PRISON
“Interstate transfer of prisoners is a detrimental criminal justice policy that hurts families and impedes prisoner rehabilitation, while serving the interests of an industry that views prisoners as commodities and perpetuates our nations mass incarnation crisis,” explained Holly Kirby, author of the report and organizer at Grassroots Leadership ahead of the press conference. “With little public scrutiny, state officials have pointed to overcrowding as a justification for sending incarcerated people to out of state private prisons, rather than prioritizing suitable alternatives to address prison overcrowding.”
For more information, interviews or for an EMBARGOED copy of the report, please contact Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at email@example.com
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