Department Of Corrections Delays Bids For New Medium-Security Beds
The Department of Corrections is extending the due date for private prison companies to apply to build more beds.
The two-month postponement allows time for the state to further investigate the disturbances at the Kingman State Prison. The Department had planned to start accepting bids for 2,000 new male medium-security private prison beds on July 22.
The weekend of July 4, multiple riots at the Management & Training Corporation facility caused such severe damage to the Kingman prison that 1,168 inmates have been temporarily relocated to county jails and other private prisons.
The Department of Corrections said in a statement the due date for bids has been pushed back to allow for the assessment of the recent incidents to be completed.
Caroline Isaacs is an Arizona Program Director with the American Friends Service Committee, a justice advocacy group.
“This is a time to be cautious and deliberate and not rush into another contract so that we can ensure public safety and wise use of taxpayer dollars," she said. “However, 60 days is simply not enough to truly determine not just what occurred at Kingman, but whether the other contracts that we currently hold with private operators might have similar problems.”
Isaacs is advocating the request for bids should be canceled altogether.
Management and Training Corp did not say whether it plans to submit a proposal for the new medium-security beds. The new due date for proposals is Sept. 22.