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Arizona sheriffs assail costs of private prisons

Sun, Jan 12, 2014

Security

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Arizona sheriffs’ offices say the state is needlessly spending money to move inmates to a new private prison when they could be held in county facilities for millions of dollars less per year.

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Tags: Arizona, Private prisons, County jails, County Sheriffs

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-Private prisons: States offered cash for facilities

Mon, Mar 12, 2012

Pinal County

ATLANTA — The nation’s largest private prison company made an enticing offer to 48 states that went something like this: We will buy your prison now if you agree to keep it mostly full and promise to pay us for running it over the next two decades. Despite a need

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Private Prisons, Corrections Corporation of America

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-Corrections Evaluates Both Private and Public Prisons

Sat, Jan 7, 2012

Pinal County

By and large, Arizona’s privately run prisons are offering comparable services at comparable costs to prisons run by the state, according to a Department of Corrections (DOC) report issued last week.In the first review of its kind, the DOC found that four of the state’s six private prisons evaluated offer

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Tags: Arizona, Florence, Public Prisons, Private Prisons

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-Judge mulls private prisons

Sun, Oct 23, 2011

Pinal County

PHOENIX — A judge should weigh big-picture concerns about public safety and tax dollars while considering a challenge to Arizona’s plans to expand the use of private prisons, a Quaker group’s lawyer said in a court hearing Friday.At stake in the case is a private prison expansion that critics contend

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Tags: Coolidge, Vince Rebago, American Friends Service Committee, Arozona, Private Prisons

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-Arizona prison businesses are big political contributors

Sun, Sep 4, 2011

Immigration

Corrections Corp. of America, the country's largest private-prison operator, says it thrives by offering better service at a lower cost than state-run prisons. It's an argument echoed by the three smaller rivals bidding on a 5,000-bed private-prison contract with the state of Arizona.

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Tags: Arizona, Corrections Corp. of America, Private prisons, Jan Brewer

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-Weighing in on the private prison industry; is it the wave of the future?

Sun, Aug 28, 2011

Pinal County

Without a dog in the fight, it would be wrong for me to take a position on whether it would be good to build a private prison in Coolidge’s city limits. But it wouldn’t be wrong for me to commend the 225 citizens who attended the meeting and illustrated democracy

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Tags: Coolidge, Arizona, Private Prisons, Emily Verdugo

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Arizona privatization panel eyes parks, prisons

Wed, Dec 1, 2010

Economy

Arizona RepublicBy Paul DavenportAssociated PressMembers of a state commission said Tuesday they expect to recommend that Arizona consider privatizing at least some state parks and increasing the state's use of privately operated prisons.The recommendations likely won't amount to specific plans but instead would seek to prod the state to consider

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Tags: Privatization, Arizona, Arizona State Parks, Private Prisons

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Arizona inmate escape puts spotlight on state private prisons

Sun, Aug 22, 2010

Election 2010

Arizona RepublicBy Casey Newton, Ginger Rough and JJ Hensley Arizona puts more of its inmates into privately run prisons every year, even though the prisons may not be as secure as state-run facilities and may not save taxpayers money.Lawmakers began using private prisons to ease overcrowding and have supported their use

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Tags: Arizona, Private prisons, Terry Goddard, Jan Brewer

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Arizona. AG: Too Many Killers in Private Prisons

Wed, Aug 11, 2010

Election 2010

KPHO.com PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is accusing Gov. Jan Brewer of sending too many convicted murderers to medium-security private prisons.Goddard contends those facilities are less secure than prisons run directly by the Department of Corrections.

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Tags: Terry Goddard, Arizona, Private prisons, Jan Brewer

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U.S. to Reform Policy on Detention for Immigrants

Thu, Aug 6, 2009

Immigration

New York TimesBy Nina BursteinThe Obama administration intends to announce an ambitious plan on Thursday to overhaul the much-criticized way the nation detains immigration violators, trying to transform it from a patchwork of jail and prison cells to what its new chief called a “truly civil detention system.”Details are sketchy,

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Tags: Barack Obama, Immigration reform, local jails, private prisons, deportation, Detainees, Corrections Corporation of America

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