Gov. Ducey and Dir. Shinn: Let people in prison talk to reporters!
TAKE ACTION NOW
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) silently changed its media policy creating barriers for incarcerated people to talk to reporters.
People in prison previously could talk to media on the phone for free. They are now forced to pay the same standard fee they pay for other phone calls to talk to reporters. Additionally, ADCRR has imposed a long approval process and a $25 fee for reporters who want to interview incarcerated people over the phone. This policy change is a clear attempt to hide what is happening behind bars. It is dehumanizing and dangerous for people in prison, especially during the current health crisis.
We have the right to know what is happening to our loved ones inside Arizona prisons and journalists play an important role in exposing what happens behind prison walls. We urge Gov. Doug Ducey to direct David Shinn to reverse the policy immediately. The First Amendment does not stop at the prison walls. Join us by contacting Gov. Ducey today.
Governor Doug Ducey