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DOC extends deadline for private prison bids

prison inmate bars jail 620The Arizona Department of Corrections has extended the application deadline for bidders hoping to run a new private prison.

The Arizona Republic reports the deadline has been pushed back two months to Sept. 22. DOC spokesman Andrew Wilder said Monday that moving the deadline gives the agency time to review the recent riots at a private prison in Kingman.

Inmates at the private prison, operated by Management & Training Corp., rioted around the July 4 holiday. Living quarters were destroyed and more than 1,000 inmates were moved to other facilities, including county jails and state prisons.

The state hopes to outsource 1,000 additional prison beds this fiscal year. 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2 comments

  1. middlegroundprisonreform

    This action is meaningless. The most likely scenario is that the company that runs the Kingman Private Prison will lose points and not be awarded the new contract if they submit a proposal (which, of course, they will). There is too much Republican support at the legislature, apparently all the way up to the Governor’s office, to stop these bids from going out and being awarded. We aren’t even opposed to private prisons per se because, despite what has happened at Kingman, our mailbag tells us that the private prisons are, generally speaking, better places to be in prison if you have to be in prison than the state-operated facilities. Some of the other private prisons in Arizona are more effectively operated and do not generate the complaints that are being aired about the Kingman facility. So, while DOC claims they want to slow down the process so they can take a “look” at their own self-produced investigation, this is all for show. In fact, the show must go on — we have 20 year lease/purchase-type agreements with these private prison companies and will not walk away from owning these facilities at the end of 20 years.

  2. NO PRISON 4 PROFIT
    & NO LAWS TO INCARCERATE FREE CITIZENS

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