Thursday, August 09, 2012
By Arizona House Democrats at 11:21 AM
Last month, Campbell sent a letter to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office calling for an investigation and the immediate suspension of the Arizona Department of Corrections’ solicitation for up to 2,000 new private prison beds. Campbell is renewing his call for the investigation, as the state is poised to sign a contract with a for-profit, private prison operator by Sept. 1.
“I’ve not received a response from the Attorney General’s Office and the clock is ticking,” Campbell said. “We should not be rewarding for-profit prison companies with state contracts if they are violating the law and wasting money. ”
In the letter, Campbell cites alleged violations of:
• State law and individual contract provisions requiring proposed private prisons to demonstrate cost savings to the state
• State law requiring private prisons to provide the same or better quality than state prisons
• Contract provisions requiring private prisons to maintain safety standards and rehabilitate prisoners
• State uniform contract provisions requiring private prisons to provide adequate staffing levels
“The governor and the Republicans in the Arizona Legislature pushed so hard to get new contracts for private prisons even though they have a poor safety record, there is no evidence of cost savings and there is no indication that Arizona actually needs more prison beds. It begs the question, why?” Campbell said.