THE THINK TANK

Think Tank discusses mass incarceration in Arizona

Oct 19, 2018, 2:00 PM
(AP File Photo)...
(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

Over the last 40 years, prison populations across the nation have skyrocketed.

But compared to this national trend, Arizona has been an outlier, according to a recent report from Fwd.US, a Silicon Valley-funded think tank.

The report’s summary found that:

Despite overwhelming evidence that states can safely reduce crime and incarceration through commonsense reforms, Arizona continues to be a national outlier with high imprisonment rates and rising corrections spending.

This is no small matter. Arizona’s imprisonment crisis removes thousands of people from the economy and costs taxpayers more than $1 billion each year, preventing the state from investing in other critical priorities.

The costs of mass incarceration are so staggering that they have brought together not only the expected activists from the political left, but such right-wing stalwarts as the Koch Brothers and their foundation Americans for Prosperity.

Our guests are Felicity Rose, the director of research and policy, for criminal justice reform for Fwd.US and Bethany Lambrecht, a local community activist.

The Think Tank airs on KTAR News 92.3 FM on Sunday at 1-2 p.m. and repeats at 9-10 p.m.

Podcasts are available after each show is broadcast.

The Think Tank

(Pexels Photo)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank dissects 2022 election and what it may mean for democracy

This week's Think Tank pulls back to take a broad view of the 2022 midterm elections with guest Chuck Coughlin, a longtime political consultant.
13 days ago
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15:  Actor Lawrence Krauss attends the 'Salt and Fire' premeire during the ...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank talks with physicist Lawrence Krauss about the possibility of a New Dark Age

World-renowned physicist and public advocate for science Lawrence Krauss joins Think Tank to discuss the possibility of a New Dark Age.
19 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank counts down to Election Day with Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and political consultant Chuck Coughlin joins this week's preelection Think Tank.
27 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank breaks down Arizona Proposition 209 on medical debt collection

This week’s Think Tank explores one of the voter initiatives that may have escaped your attention, Proposition 209.
1 month ago
(AP Photo, File/Matt York)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank talks Arizona voter polling, chats with elections office nominee Adrian Fontes

Public policy expert Sybil Francis and Democratic nominee for Arizona secretary of state Adrian Fontes visit Think Tank this week.
1 month ago
Terry Goddard, left; Kris Mayes (AP Photos)...
Mike O'Neil/The Think Tank

Think Tank talks 2022 Arizona election with Terry Goddard, Kris Mayes

This week’s Think Tank features a former Arizona attorney general, Terry Goddard, and a candidate for that office, Kris Mayes.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Think Tank discusses mass incarceration in Arizona