STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Members of the Governor’s Commission on Privatization and Efficiency say that the committee’s report due out by December 31 will include increasing privatization of state prisons.
“Apparently this committee was not paying attention this summer when prisoners escaped from a private prison in Arizona caused a nationwide manhunt and the deaths of several innocent people,” said incoming Senator Minority Leader David Schapira. “Before we start putting the for sale signs out on more of our prisons we need to make certain that public safety will not be further compromised.”
On July 31, 2010, three convicted murders escaped from a Kingman prison managed by Management and Training Corporation. Two of the escapees are facing capital murder charges for the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Oklahoma. Arizona is currently facing a $40 million suit as a result of the murders.
“Republicans are rushing to abandon state responsibility without considering the welfare of the state,” said incoming Senate Assistant Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor. “Increasing dependence on for-profit companies puts us all at risk.”