Arizona awards private prison contract to CCA
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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Corrections has awarded a contract for 1,000 new private prison beds to Corrections Corp. of America.
State officials announced their choice of CCA late Friday over five other companies that submitted bids. CCA plans to house the medium security male prisoners in an existing facility it owns in Eloy. The contract requires 500 available beds by January 2014 and the additional 500 a year late.
Growth in the state's inmate population has slowed and critics of the state's use of private prisons criticize the expansion plan as unnecessary and costly.
Prison officials say the system still needs extra space because current prisons for male medium-security inmates are crowded and those with available space either house women or are suitable only for minimum-security prisoners.
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