Former Arizona Senator and Tucson resident Dennis DeConcini is on the Board of Directors for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). CCA is the nation’s largest for-profit prison corporation, holding approximately 80,000 state and federal inmates in 66 facilities around the country.
As a publicly-owned corporation traded on the NYSE, CCA’s sole purpose is to make profits for its stockholders through increased incarceration. Indeed, retired Senator DeConcini is a shareholder who shares in the earnings generated by CCA.
What is most beneficial to CCA are more contracts, which means more people behind bars
Senator DeConcini has worked for many years in public office and continues to hold leadership positions impacting public life in Arizona as a member of the Board of Regents. His support of an industry that profits from depriving human beings of their liberty stands in sharp contrast to his public statements as a champion of the underserved. As a CCA shareholder, he is personally benefitting from policies driven by racism and corporate greed.
Dennis DeConcini publicly stated that he opposed 1070, however, through his service on the board of CCA, he directly profits from the incarceration of undocumented families. If Dennis DeConcini truly opposes the separation of families, he should resign from his position of the CCA board.