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Arizona set to send first batch of inmates to private prison

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Arizona is sending its first group of inmates to a privately operated prison as part of an expansion project meant to alleviate prison crowding.

The 25 inmates will move into the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Tuesday. The state Department of corrects plans to transfer 1,000 medium-custody inmates to southern Pinal County by January.

The Corrections Corporation of America says it is spending $40 million on Red Rock, including building a new dormitory, renovating cells and expanding recreation areas. The facility once housed inmates from other states but began taking Arizona inmates in January 2014.

The state agreed to a 20-year contract with the corrections company last year. 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  1. Private prisons have been considered problematical for years, with good reason. Arizona, of course, counterintuitively is doubling down on this dicey element. One would assume that the acceptance of this negative plan means our elected officials, and their friends, are profiting handsomely.

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