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Letter: Governor in bed with prison industry

Governor Ducey is proposing $100 million in his new state budget for private prisons, which includes a new private 3,000-bed prison. Even the infamous sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, is against this proposal.

Here is a quote from a Phoenix columnist: "Way back in 2007 Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked to build a bunch of new prisons in his state. Perry chose a different route, working with Texas lawmakers to place nonviolent offenders from that state's crowded prisons into alternative treatment programs. And to get help for drug addicts and the mentally-ill. Crime has gone down and the state is projected to save $2 billion. A study from the centrist Grand Canyon Institute suggests the same thing could happen in Arizona."

When Governor Jan Brewer left office she crawled out of bed with the private prison industry and left a nice warm spot for our new governor to crawl into. Both Brewer and Ducey received rather generous donations for their campaigns from the private prison industry. Just another example of Republicans doing what Republicans do best.

Just think what $100 million could do for the school systems.

Al Koffman