D1A On Activists Against Replacing Dilapidated Corrections Facilities & Improving Conditions In Alabama
April 19, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Day 1 Alliance, the trade association representing private sector contractors working in the criminal justice and immigration systems, released the following statement from national spokesperson Alexandra Wilkes on the actions of reckless, irresponsible activists to oppose replacing dilapidated, dangerous correctional facilities in the State of Alabama:
“This is the height of hypocrisy. By trying to block the construction of new, modern facilities and ‘cancel’ financial institutions, these activists are perpetuating the deplorable conditions that Alabama’s incarcerated men and women live in today. They would rather have the state’s prison population remain trapped in unsafe, dangerous conditions in order to make an ideological and political statement. It’s an outrageous, illogical position, and they ought to be held accountable for it.
“To be clear: The effort by the State of Alabama, CoreCivic, and other entities to build two new, modern correctional facilities to be operated and staffed by state employees would dramatically improve conditions for Alabama’s incarcerated population. Finally addressing those existing, unacceptable conditions – which has been a well-documented, decades-long challenge for the state – would be a game changer, and an example for how public-private partnerships can work to solve tough challenges.
“These activists, and businesses that cave to their pressure, are not helping Alabama’s incarcerated men and women – they’re doing the opposite, perpetuating the awful conditions that led the Justice Department to sue the state just last year.”
About the Day 1 Alliance:
The Day 1 Alliance (D1A) is a trade association representing private sector contractors helping government agencies address corrections and detention challenges in the United States. For more than 35 years, D1A members have worked with local, state, and federal governments led by members of both political parties to provide professional, humane, and respectful treatment to incarcerated and detained individuals. From day one, we understand we have a responsibility to provide safe and dignified care to those in our facilities. D1A members do not lobby for or against policies, regulations, or legislation that impact the basis for or duration of an individual’s incarceration or detention.
The members of the Day 1 Alliance are CoreCivic, The GEO Group, Management & Training Corporation, and LaSalle Corrections.