Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Budget Plan Would Drop Prison Study

A budget proposal by Republican legislators would do away with the requirement that the Department of Corrections conduct a cost and quality comparison of publicly and privately operated state prisons.

The requirement was a state law but ignored until about a year ago. Corrections Director Charles Ryan ordered a study, and the first and only one was released in December.

But KGUN 9 in Tucson reports that the requirement would be scrapped under the Republican budget proposal.

Democrats say dropping the requirement would be fiscally irresponsible. Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs says there’s no indication that the requirement has provided any useful and reliable information.

It was only about a week ago that the American Friends Service Committee Arizona Chapter released a detailed report showing a significant difference in the cost and quality of private and state-run prisons.

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