Last Push to Block Arizona Prison Deal

August 28, 2012 | by Craig Harris | The Arizona Republic

On Friday August 31, 2012, Governor Jan Brewer plans to sign a contract with private prisons in Arizona that would create 1,000 beds for men in medium-security prisons. Opponents to this deal argue that the contract is unnecessary because the state’s prison population is expected to remain flat for the next two years, and a surplus of 2,000 beds already exists. There is also evidence that Arizona’s private prisons are poorly staffed and are not subject to the same requirements and regulations as government funded detention centers. 

On Friday August 31, 2012, Governor Jan Brewer plans to sign a contract with private prisons in Arizona that would create 1,000 beds for men in medium-security prisons. Opponents to this deal argue that the contract is unnecessary because the state’s prison population is expected to remain flat for the next two years, and a surplus of 2,000 beds already exists. There is also evidence that Arizona’s private prisons are poorly staffed and are not subject to the same requirements and regulations as government funded detention centers. 

Read more about NCCD’s recent report “Prison Bed Profiteers: How Corporations Are Reshaping Criminal Jusice in the U.S.” by Caroline Glesmann and Chris Hartney