Nevada sending 200 violent inmates to Arizona private prison in Eloy

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:00:31 PM. Nevada, facing a prison-bed shortage, will send 200 violent inmates, including gang members, to a CoreCivic private prison in Eloy, Arizona.

Nevada, facing a shortage of prison beds, will send 200 of its most violent inmates to a private correctional facility in Eloy.

The Silver State will pay $9.2 million to Nashville-based CoreCivic Inc. (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) as part of a two-year deal to house the inmates in the Saguaro Correctional Center.

That medium-security facility opened in 2007 and also houses inmates from Hawaii.

CoreCivic also incarcerates inmates for the state of Arizona, the city of Mesa, California and the federal government at prisons in Eloy, Florence and Tucson, according to its website. Arizona heavily relies on private prisons, including those of CoreCivic, to ease overcrowding.

"We are confident our state-of-the-art facility, combined with CoreCivic’s deep experience managing a wide range of inmates, will lead to a successful partnership," Jonathan Burns, a CoreCivic spokesman, said in a statement. "We appreciate Nevada's trust in CoreCivic to provide them a high quality, flexible solution to their current needs."

 

Brooke Keast, a Nevada prisons spokeswoman, said her state has a shortage of beds and does not have any private prisons within Nevada that it could use. She said the transfer of prisoners will begin in November.

"We don't have a lot of options with private prisons here," she said.

Nevada Department of Corrections Director James Dzurenda told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that his agency would send “the most destructive and the most dangerous” inmates to Arizona.

Keast said Nevada would send inmates who "pose issues for us here," including those in strategic threat groups — meaning gang members.

She said the transfer of inmates would open roughly 370 beds in Nevada's own prison system. Many cells in Nevada prisons now are being used only by a single violent offender who must be isolated. With the departure of those inmates, the cells can be shared between two less-violent inmates, she said.

nevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 1 Barbed wire surrounds the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 2 A guard stands by at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 3 Workers prepare to pour cement at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 4 This is a refurbished housing pod in the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 5 An inmate sweeps a sidewalk with a marker indicating he cannot step over at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 6 Air-conditioning technicians Cesar Quinones, (left) and Carlos Guzman look at AC plans in the library in the Megabuilding under construction at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 7 Inmate Jose Lopez, 31, a horticulture teacher's aide, waters the plants in the greenhouse at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. Inmates are eligible to earn master-gardener certificates and learn skills that can be used once they are released from custody.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 8 Inmate Mariano Jimenez, 60, works on a typing program in the Programs Building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 9 This is a refurbished cell in the Juliette housing pod in the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 10 A worker prepares to enter the visitation building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 11 When inmates complete educational courses they receive a star painted on a block in a hallway in the Programs Building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 12 When inmates complete educational courses they receive a star painted on a block in a hallway in the Programs Building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 13 This is the prison library at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 14 Electrician Belisario Ruiz checks the plans for the installation of lighting in the visitation building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 15 Leland Begay drills a hole for rebar to build a masonry wall in a new housing unit, the WC Pod, under construction at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 16 Angel Cano places rebar to build a masonry wall in a new housing unit, the WD Pod, under construction at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republicnevada-sending-200-violent-inmates-to-arizona-private-prison-in-eloy photo 17 Workers install lighting in the visitation building at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Friday, July 15, 2016. The center is being renovated and expanded.  Tom Tingle/The Republic

 

 

 

 

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