Saturday, August 29, 2015

House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer calls for immediate, independent investigation of all private prisons in Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement after Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans to terminate the contract with Management Training Corporation for the operation of the Kingman for-profit, private prison that was badly damaged in a recent riot. This riot also left several people injured.

“Arizona needs an immediate and independent investigation of all for-profit, private prisons in the state. The governor’s decision to terminate one contract with an operator does not go far enough to assuage the public safety concerns associated with these facilities.

“Additionally, the Legislature should reinstate the statutory oversight of private prisons that Republicans repealed several years ago. Arizonans should know whether private prisons are an appropriate use of taxpayer money. Until this happens, the state should suspend all efforts to seek bids to build new private prisons. It is time for more accountability and more transparency in this industry, which appears deeply troubled.”

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