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Dec 10, 2019

Former corrections officer claims training incident racially motivated

A former guard at a private prison near Eloy claims he was shot at point-blank range with a riot-control weapon in a racist attack.

Jan 8, 2018

Private prison firm paying $550,000 in Ariz. harassment case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the deal Monday with the GEO Group, Inc., which operates the Central Arizona Correctional Facility and the Arizona State Prison-Florence West Facility.

Jul 18, 2016

Arizona set to send first batch of inmates to private prison

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

Aug 26, 2015

Governor says DOC not to blame in prison riot

Arizona’s Department of Corrections did nothing wrong in overseeing a private prison where a riot occurred last month and a breakout left two dead in 2010, Gov. Doug Ducey said today as he announced the state is terminating its contract with company managing the prison.

Mar 12, 2015

Arizona faith leaders oppose prison expansion

As people of faith, we are united in opposition to any further prison expansion in Arizona. In particular, we are opposed to the practice of incarceration for profit, through contracts with private prison corporations.

Mar 3, 2015

Ducey defends deeper cuts to higher education

Gov. Doug Ducey is defending a budget proposal that would take more money from Arizona's universities, saying it was necessary to slash deeper there to ensure a balanced budget.

Sep 4, 2012

Arizona awards private prison contract to CCA

A contract for 1,000 new private prison beds has been awarded to Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America by the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Feb 16, 2012

Report slams Arizona private prisons

A citizen oversight committee says privately-run prisons in Arizona are not cost-effective and are more difficult to monitor than state prisons.

Oct 24, 2011

DOC extends bidding timeframe, works to complete neglected cost-study

The Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) has extended for a month the bidding timeframe for private prisons that would house 5,000 inmates as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ponders whether to shut down the process.

Oct 14, 2011

Hearing set on suit over Arizona prison contracts

A court hearing is scheduled Friday on a request to block Arizona's planned award of contracts for 5,000 additional private prison beds authorized under a 2009 state law.

Sep 16, 2011

Business groups line up against proposed Goodyear private prison

Building a private prison in Goodyear would torpedo that city’s economic development prospects and one business has already balked at moving there if it happens, business groups opposed to the prison say.

Sep 14, 2011

Judge refuses to immediately halt private prison bidding process

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused today to immediately put a stop to the bidding process for private prisons to house 5,000 inmates.