The mission of the Private Corrections Working Group (PCWG) is to provide information and assistance to citizens, policy makers, and journalists concerning the dangers and pitfalls of privatization of correctional institutions and services in order to reverse and stop this social injustice.
Caroline Isaacs, Director, is a Program Director of the Arizona program of the American Friends Service Committee. She has spent the last 15 years working with the AFSC-Arizona in some capacity, focusing primarily on Criminal Justice issues. Caroline has a BA in Political Science from The College of Wooster and a Masterís in Social Work from Arizona State University. Prior to her tenure at AFSC, she worked in the social services field with homeless teens and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Arizona State University School of Social Work (Tucson component).
Buffie McFadyen, Director, is a member of the Colorado House of Representatives and is Speaker Pro Tem. Buffie has been on the cutting edge fighting the for-profit private prison industry for a number of years. She originally hails from Buffalo, N.Y, hence her nickname.
Erik Milman, Director, currently works as a Washington Representative for Corrections USA, which represents over 80,000 public Correctional Officers. In his capacity, with Corrections USA, He developed the legislative agenda for the organization. Under his leadership, Corrections USA has substantially expanded itís presence in Washington, DC and in the Halls of Congress and Executive Branch. Mr. Milman worked with key Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to develop legislation that would apply the Freedom of Information Act to private prison contractors. In addition, Mr. Milman is the principal of Milman Research and Consulting, a political consulting firm that has conducted opposition research in campaign throughout the country.
Ken Kopczynski, Executive
Director, since 1993, Ken has been a Legislative and
Political Affairs Assistant for the Florida Police Benevolent
Association (PBA), the largest collective bargaining agent for law
enforcement, correctional and correctional probation officers in
Florida. He lobbies on behalf of officers, conducts research and
analysis, and provides campaign consulting. Mr. Kopczynski received his
Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Florida State
University with a minor in Political Communications in 1992. He published a book Private Capitol Punishment about his
experience exposing corruption in the for-profit private prison industry
in Florida. The proceeds are donated to PCI.