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ACLU plans Prescott forum on maximum-security prisons

PRESCOTT - A Friday morning event in Prescott will feature a discussion of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona's (ACLU) recent lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections over lack of adequate medical and mental health care, especially in maximum-security units.

Titled "Arizona is Maxed Out," the community forum will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Prescott College's Crossroads Auditorium, 220 Grove Avenue.

"The conditions that are cited in this lawsuit are some of the most dire in the nation," stated a news release from the ACLU.

The American Friends Service Committee of Arizona will present findings from the recently published report, "Lifetime Lockdown: How Isolation Conditions Impact Prisoner Reentry."

The community forum also will focus on state plans to build new maximum-security prison beds.

"Arizona is the only state in the country currently considering the construction of new maximum-security prisons," the news release added.