Thank you Chad Campbell for shedding some light on la Cervecera’s shady prison deal:
Campbell chides Brewer, legislators for wasting tax dollars on for-profit prisons
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), released the following statement after learning the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) was awarded a contract today to build 1,000 new, for-profit prison beds by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).
“Numerous reports show the state stands to lose millions of tax dollars on the deals Governor Brewer and her Tea Party legislative allies continue to make with for-profit prison operators. We absolutely should not reward this company with a multi-million dollar contract if it will waste the state’s resources,” Campbell said.
“Saving the taxpayers money and protecting public safety is not a partisan issue. Yet Brewer and the Republican leadership have ignored evidence that shows private prisons are unsafe and waste the state’s money. The bottom line is we need to protect safety while protecting tax payer dollars and expansion of private prisons does neither,” Campbell said.
“Brewer and the Tea Party legislature swiped $50 million from the Attorney General’s Mortgage Settlement Fund – which was supposed to be used to help Arizona families trying to recover from the foreclosure crisis – and used the money to pay for unneeded contracts with their special interest cronies like this one. There is no rational explanation for why Republicans have gone to such lengths to expand private prisons. Clearly, they don’t have the right priorities,” Campbell said.
Department of Corrections reports consistently show that the state is losing money on private prisons, and security audits indicate there are serious safety flaws in all of Arizona’s for-profit prisons.
Currently, there is enough money set aside in the 2013 budget for 1,000 new private prison beds, but the state has the option to add another 1,000 beds, for a total of 2,000 beds in the next few years. The American Friends Service Committee issued a report indicating that if Arizona adds the 2,000 private prison beds, the state could lose more than $10 million a year.
For more information on for-profit prisons in Arizona, go to http://afsc.org/resource/arizona-prison-report. Details about the ADC contract award are due to be posted this evening on the agency’s website: http://www.azcorrections.gov/Minh_news_gov.asp.