AZ Dept. of Corrections awards contract to private company

August 27, 2012

The Arizona Department of Corrections is expected to award a prison contract this week to a private out-of-state company, with the goal of producing 1,000 new medium-security inmate beds. 

While the location and expected cost of the facility expansion have not yet been determined, The Arizona Republic reports use of a private company is more costly for taxpayers, according to state records. 

There is also concern that additional beds are not needed, and that the state should not put money into this project.