Prison and Profits: The Politics of AZ's SB1070 Bill Revealed

By Allison Johnson 10-28-2010

What's behind Arizona's SB1070 law besides politics? Money, of course.

The nation's most infamous immigration law, requiring police to arrest people suspected of being undocumented, took partial affect last month. The legislation was not just a grassroots effort by a lack of border enforcement in Arizona. National Public Radio reports that the bill, titled "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," was conceived and named in a hotel conference room in Washington, D.C. last December, with backing from some of the nation's largest private prison contractors.

According to the story, campaign finance reports, lobbying documents, and corporate records show "a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry

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