Prison Reform Subgroup

Dear United Methodist Brother and Sisters,

We are concerned with the issues surrounding the increased imprisonment of our Arizona citizens I have drafted a letter that UMC churches might want to use as an appeal to Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey. He has proposed increasing the number of private for-profit prison beds. The United Methodist Church, in its Social Principles, states that it is opposed to "profit making from the punishment of human beings."

If you are in agreement with the letter, you might want to circulate it for signatures in your church. Click here to download the letter.

Diane Wilson
Chair Prison Reform
Desert Southwest Conference Church and Society

Kairos Prison Ministry

For information regarding Kairos Prison Ministry, a nationwide transformative outreach ministry impacting incarcerated individuals and their families, please contact Dennis Foster, President of Kairos Prison Ministries of Arizona, at or visit

In response to a resolution passed at the 2012 session of Annual Conference, this subgroup was formed to address prison reform in a variety of areas that affect just treatment of prisoners and prison release. Current areas of emphasis include the development of a study which will address privatization, sentence reform, re-entry of prisoners to society, healthcare and 'next steps' of action for local churches.

Chair: Diane Wilson -
Staff Person: Billie Fildin -