Dennis DeConcini is a former three-term U.S. Senator from Arizona. Currently, DeConcini is a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, a partner in the law firm of DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin and Lacy, P.C. and a Principal in the lobbyist consulting firm Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Lacy P.C. in Washington, D.C.
Since February 2008, DeConcini has sat on the Board of Directors of the Corrections Corporation of America. In addition, DeConcini is a company shareholder, owning 8,786 shares worth $222,286 as of March 2, 2012.
DeConcini claims to be an “advocate for the immigrant community,” pointing to his Congressional record and public opposition to Arizona’s SB 1070. However, DeConcini’s deep involvement in CCA, a company responsible for incarcerating tens of thousands of non-citizens every year, lays bare the falsehood of his public claims to stand with Arizona’s immigrant families and communities.
As a life-long Tucson resident and political leader, DeConcini has a responsibility to the Arizona communities whose health and integrity have been severely damaged by CCA’s profiteering and mass incarceration. Rather than continue to profit directly from CCA’s exploitation of immigrant communities, we urge DeConcini to resign his post on the CCA Board and denounce the company’s practices of promoting racism and criminalization.