Arizona Illustrated of Arizona Public Media, along with all the local network affiliates were present at the recent public hearing on prison privatization in Arizona last Wednesday evening. The event was covered by all three local affiliates that night at 10:00. Luis Carrión’s piece, “Private Prisons: Risks and Benefits”, aired last night (11/1/10), and gives a detailed description of the problem of privatization in the state of Arizona. Here is a brief excerpt:
Today, Arizona houses twenty-three percent of its prisoners in private facilities, according to state data. Last year, lawmakers took the unprecedented step of exploring the privatization of almost the entire Arizona correctional system, narrowly failing to pass a bill that would have turned over the state’s prisons to private operators for an up-front payment of $100 million.
Bravo to Arizona Illustrated for their continued solid reporting. For the full story and a well done video, please follow this link.