Thursday, August 19, 2010

House Democrats want Brewer aides fired, prison system reformed

21 days since murderers escaped, no word from governor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats are calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to fire any aides associated with the private prison industry and conduct an independent review to reform Arizona’s prison system.

“We want Gov. Brewer to show herself and finally take some action after five prison breaks in two months, one which resulted in the killing of two more people,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “It’s time for her to fire the people around her associated with the private prison industry, show a good faith effort at reform and act.”

House Democrats want Brewer to clean house and deal with Arizona’s prison problems as an elected official who should do her job. House Democrats also are calling for an independent review that would serve as the basis to reform the state’s prison system so Arizona families are more secure and public safety is restored.

In her 1 ½ years in office (appointed), Brewer signed a budget that increased the amount of taxpayer dollars and business going to private prisons.

“After 21 days of Arizona escaped murderers running through Western states and killing more people, Gov. Brewer has completely failed to act,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “That’s Jan Brewer. She’s got nothing to offer Arizona. No solutions, no plans, nothing. Meanwhile, our state is in a security crisis.”

Under pressure from the public and House Democrats, Brewer sent Department of Corrections Director Chuck Ryan today to release a prison review her office conducted, showing major faults and flaws detrimental to prison security. Brewer still was no where to be found and has not taken any action on the public safety threats Arizona faces as a result of lax prison security.

“Where is Gov. Brewer?” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “I haven’t seen her on FoxNews talking to Greta about this issue. What’s the plan, Jan?”

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