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Prison unit where riots took place to house sex offenders

In a Saturday, July 4, 2015 photo, prison inmates stand in the yard at Arizona State Prison-Kingman in Golden Valley, Ariz. State officials are relocating over 1,000 prisons from the privately run prison located about 15 miles west of Kingman because of damage from disturbances last week and over the weekend. (Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP)

In a Saturday, July 4, 2015 photo, prison inmates stand in the yard at Arizona State Prison-Kingman in Golden Valley, Ariz. Ai??(Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP)

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) ai??i?? The prison unit where riotous inmates destroyed up to five housing pods will house sex offenders when it reopens next month.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports the Arizona Department of Corrections confirms the Hualapai Housing Unit at Arizona State Prison-Kingman will no longer hold general population prisoners.

A series of riots in July caused extensive damage to the prison and forced more than 1,100 inmates to be moved to other facilities. The unit is set to reopen next month for the first time since the damage took place.

The GEO Group, a private prison operator, took over from prior operator Management and Training Corp. on Dec. 1.

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  1. Contrary to common belief – this is an additional expense for Arizona taxpayers – GEO picked a special needs inmate group that has special needs e.g. protective custody from other GP inmates thus higher in costs to maintain than other types of inmates. They knew they would get longer sentenced inmates at a guaranteed price for at least 69 months as SO do more time than normal inmates who average 2 to 3.5 years thus GEO picked up a bonus population. Longer sentences, a steady stream of re-arrested offenders, more room at lock up to put more max custody inmates there instead of SO, the cost of incarceration just went up exponentially. Maybe the reporter can do a cost comparison but no need, it doesn’t matter as Governor Ducey has guaranteed his donors good money and good profits on this exquisite contract agreement. Good prison management is tricky – these guys knew the tricks and the taxpayers pay the price for higher costs again. This is how you sustain private prisons – you keep feeding the pipeline as the ADOC facilitates the process to ensure profits.

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