Criminal Justice

Prison system in Arizona

An exploration of the history and potential solutions to one of the most important crises our state faces.

White Hat Research & Policy Group informs citizens and decision-makers on issues of critical importance to Arizona. Our goal is to constructively contribute to the discussion and shape policy-making at the state and local level.

We are currently seeking a researcher to prepare an in-depth white paper on the topic of the prison system in Arizona. The paper should survey the history and development of the Arizona state prison system as well as the presence of federal prisons and detention centers in the state. It should also analyze the growth of the private prison industry in Arizona and the effects of state legislation and policy on that growth

Project Guidelines

The final product will be a 20-30 page white paper which synthesizes the secondary research on the specified topic. The paper will be made publicly available on the WHRPG website and distributed to relevant stakeholders. The principal researcher will be credited as author but the final product will be subject to editing and approval by the WHRPG staff.

Each white paper should include the following:

1. 1-2 page Executive Summary
2. Methodology
3. History of the Issue in Arizona
4. Current Landscape in Arizona
5. Review of current and proposed policies, legislation and regulations
6. Discussion of Intersection with Other WHRPG Targeted Issues
7. Citation and References (Chicago Manual of Style)

Application Requirements

Applicants to write for WHRPG should have a graduate degree or be currently enrolled in a graduate program directly related to the subject matter of the white paper.

Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

1. Letter of intent explaining the area and subtopic the applicant is interested in writing in
2. Current C.V.
3. Sample of previous work
4. 200-250 word abstract for proposed white paper
5. Letter of recommendation (optional) 

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We look forward to hearing from you.