Some sheriffs willing to house state prisoners
PHOENIX (AP) - Some sheriff's offices in Arizona say they could house state inmates in county jails for millions of dollars less per year than it would cost to move inmates to a new private prison.
The Arizona Republic reports that sheriff's offices in Maricopa, Apache, Pinal, Cochise, Navajo and Santa Cruz counties would be willing to take state prisoners after the newspaper reported that the state this month would begin housing inmates at the privately held Red Rock Correctional Center near Eloy.
Critics say private prisons are a waste of state resources.
But the Department of Corrections says it's not interested in spreading its inmates in county jails around Arizona.
Corrections spokesman Doug Nick says it's unlikely jails can provide the same kind of education and rehabilitation programs.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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