Report slams Arizona’s private prisons - - Columbia, South Carolina

Report slams Arizona’s private prisons

A study by the American Friends Service Committee says privately run prisons are not cost-effective and are more difficult to monitor than state-run correctional facilities.

The Quaker advocacy group says Arizona paid $10 million more for private prison beds between 2008 and 2010 than it would have for equivalent beds in state prisons.

That report also alleges 157 security failures in the five private prison, including malfunctioning cameras, doors, and alarms; holes under fences; and broken perimeter lights and cameras.

A spokesman for the State Department of Corrections says they haven't had sufficient time to review the report.

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