Monday, August 23, 2010

Escaped prisoners captured, Brewer still on the run

Action taken on prisons spurred by Democrat, ignored by governor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Authorities have taken into custody an escaped murderer and his accomplice, but Gov. Jan Brewer is still on the run from Arizona’s prison problems.

It’s been 24 days since three murderers escaped a private prison then killed a couple in New Mexico, and Brewer has managed to successfully evade Arizonans and the media without saying a word or taking any action.

During Brewer’s time of failed leadership as governor, House Democrats have offered solutions to address Arizona’s private prison security problems. But Brewer and Republicans ignored House Democratic Leader David Lujan’s bills to address private prisons:

HB 2067 - private prisons; regulation (Lujan, 2009)
Cracks down on private prison infractions
Provides more accountability and safety
Never heard in GOV or MAPS committees
No votes taken on bill

HB 2208 - private prisons; regulation (Lujan, 2010)
Cracks down on private prison infractions
Provides more accountability and safety
Never heard in GOV or MAPS committees
o No votes taken on bill

House Democrats also sponsored other bills addressing the private prison issue such as:

HB 2674 - private prison contractors; public records (Sinema, 2010)
o Requires private prisons to make public information regarding their costs, staff, inmates and operations making them adhere to the same requirements as state operated prisons.
o Never heard in GOV or COM committees
o No votes taken on the bill

“Gov. Brewer’s inaction on this public safety threat on Arizona is absolutely atrocious,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “She is getting away with doing nothing on Arizona’s prison security problems. Governor, it’s past time for you to explain yourself to the family of the murdered couple in New Mexico and anyone else who has been terrorized by the five escaped convicts in the last two months.”

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