Friday, August 13, 2010

Convict on the run; Brewer on the campaign trail this weekend

13 days since prison break, Democrats still want hearings and “security review” report

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats continue to press for legislative hearings to gather information about how the recent escape of three convicts from a private prison facility in Kingman occurred.

And Democrats were outraged about a recent news report that Governor Jan Brewer’s weekend schedule appeared to be campaign “business as usual” when she still has not directly addressed calls from legislators to provide an accounting to the public of what happened.

“Brewer is scheduled to be politicking with fellow candidate John McCain this weekend. She may want to swing by Kingman and see what happened at that facility firsthand. We need a governor that is on the job, not phoning in from the campaign trail,” said Representative Steve Farley (D-Tucson). Go to this link for details: http://www.kswt.com/Global/story.asp?S=12966127

With thousands of prisoners being held in private prison facilities – and more to be added due to recently-enacted budget plans – Democrats and Republicans alike have demanded that questions regarding oversight and accountability of private prisons be answered by the Brewer administration.

A “security review” that Brewer’s office presumably conducted after the escape still has not been made public.

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