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Brewer stands by private prisons despite lapses

Gov. Jan Brewer is standing by Arizona’s use of private prisons despite a Corrections Department report saying the escape of three inmates followed numerous security lapses at the privately operated facility.

Brewer says she’s “not happy” about the escape last month from a Kingman prison and says her administration is “getting to the bottom of it.” But she says she’s confident private prisons can be properly regulated.

Brewer says the classification system that allowed three violent inmates to be placed in a medium-security private prison has been used for years, but she’d be open to reviewing it.

Democrats have hammered Brewer over the July 30 escape, saying she’s not doing enough to address the problem.

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