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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Targeting Corrections Contracting In Arizona

March 12, 2021

Washington, DC – The Day 1 Alliance, the trade association representing private sector contractors working in corrections, today released the following statement on the ruling this past Monday by U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes granting a Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed against the Arizona Department of Corrections for the state’s use of contractors. The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star reported on the ruling this week.

Read Judge Rayes’ full ruling here. The Day 1 Alliance previously filed an amicus curiae brief with the court in December 2020, available here.

“We are pleased that the District Court has rejected all four counts brought by the plaintiffs. This lawsuit, which sought to make a political statement rather than improve the lives of Arizona’s incarcerated men and women, has misrepresented the facts as they relate to the important but limited role contractors serve in helping government fulfill its mission. The fact is, contractors have been a longstanding partner and part of the solution to serious challenges facing the State’s correctional system, and every day provide innovative re-entry programming that has helped tens of thousands of Arizonans prepare to successfully rejoin their communities and families.” – Alexandra Wilkes, National Spokesperson, Day 1 Alliance

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.

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