AF-Southwest Hub: A Jeffersonian Dinner | Criminal Justice Reform in Arizona?

February 18, 2021 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Casa Corazon Restaurant

2637 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006

2.3 million prisoners. 1,833 state prisons. 110 federal prisons. 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities. 3,134 local jails. 218 immigration detention facilities. 80 Indian Country jails.*

This is a snapshot of the American “justice” system – and that doesn’t even include military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals or prisons in U.S. territories!

So what exactly is making our system so inefficient? is the system simply a government created problem? OR the best solution for managing confined U.S. citizens? What are some of the proposals at the legislature to reform our system?

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A limited number of attendees will be extended invitations to join the AF-Southwest Board and Kurt Altman of Right On Crime for a lively discussion on the prison system and criminal justice reform. This is an invite-only, Jeffersonian-style dinner taking place in person at Casa Corazon in Phoenix. The night starts with networking, reflections from the speaker(s) and continues with an engaging conversation on effective and lasting change to prison and criminal justice reform over dinner.

*Source: Prison Policy Institute, Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020

We encourage members invited to this dinner to bring a guest they do not agree with on this issue and participate in our live discussion. We will have a great line up of speakers announced prior to the event.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Beer, wine, and dinner included with ticket price.


Hear from:

Kurt Altman, Right on Crime

Kurt became a signatory for Right on Crime in early 2016 and recently more fully joined the reform movement, promoting Right on Crime’s policies in the State Houses of Arizona and New Mexico. He has nearly 24 years of criminal law and Constitutional litigation experience. As a former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney, Kurt has conducted literally hundreds of felony jury trials and lead investigations of criminal conduct ranging from homicide and capital cases to complex white-collar matters. Formerly, as a member of the Department of Justice, Kurt earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor bestowed upon Department of Justice lawyers, and has twice received the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of FBI-conducted investigations. Since 2008 he has operated his own practice defending the accused in criminal matters of all varieties also ranging from homicide to white collar.