John Dacey

Attorney John Dacey, founder and Executive Director of the Arizona 501(c)(3) Abolish Private Prisons, has recently left full time law practice at the prestigious Phoenix, AZ firm of Gammage & Burnham to focus his full effort on his non-profit criminal justice reform work.

During his time at Gammage & Burnham, John understood and communicated the ins and outs of Arizona’s healthcare system and behavioral health to his clients. He dedicated his career to representing health care and social service providers, schools and other service organizations in a role that primarily focused on providing counsel related to regulatory compliance, reimbursement, contracts, employment, nonprofit governance, government relations, consumer and vendor disputes and insurance coverage. John has a well-earned reputation for his proactive approach, which involves trouble-shooting and preventative guidance designed to help his clients avoid legal issues before they arise.

In his career, John has practiced in federal, state and tribal courts, administrative agency proceedings, and has conducted alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a judge pro tem of Maricopa County Superior Court and as a federal court-appointed mediator. He represented a variety of provider trade associations in matters of public policy, regulatory reform and legislation.  During his time with the firm, he focused his pro bono efforts on criminal justice reform, specifically on the abolition of private, for-profit prisons.

During his first 12 years in practice John worked for nonprofit legal aid and public interest law firms where he handled poverty law, disability law and jail conditions litigation, including class actions.

His career appears to have come full circle, back to the work that pulls at his heartstrings the most. John is the founder and executive director of Abolish Private Prisons, an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to criminal justice reform.  You can learn more about his nonprofit work and follow along on social media:  You may have seen the recent feature on John’s efforts in the early October issue of the Arizona Capitol Times.

John Dacey is a graduate of Notre Dame University and from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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