April 12, 2002
Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE To Host Prison Policy Briefing

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), along with various labor, religious, criminal justice and public interest groups, is hosting a prison privatization policy briefing luncheon on:

Wednesday, April 17
12:00-2:00 p.m.
EF-100 Capitol Building

Leading correctional policy experts and more than 40 congressional legislative assistants from Republican and Democratic offices will attend the briefing to discuss the privatization of federal and state prisons. For example, does contracting out the management and operations of prisons to private, for-profit companies save money? How well do privately operated prisons perform? And, should the federal government rescue the industry by initiating a $4.6 billion prison privatization initiative over the next ten years?

Correctional experts scheduled to participate include: Judith Greene, a renowned criminal justice policy analyst; Phil Glover, President of the AFGE Council of Prison Locals; Si Kahn, Public Safety and Justice Campaign (PSJC); Joshua Miller, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Vincent Schiraldi, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice; Julie Stewart, Families Against Mandatory Minimums; and Representative Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), sponsor of The Public Safety Act (H.R. 1764).

Some of the sponsoring organizations joining AFGE include AFSCME, PSJC, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

AFGE, which represents over 23,000 federal correctional officers, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the U.S. and overseas, as well as employees in the District of Columbia. To learn more about AFGE, log onto

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