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Pima County Supervisors looking to oppose private jails

Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 10:00:36-05

On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote on a resolution to oppose private jails. The resolution, if passed, states the Board opposes the, "private operation of correctional and detention facilities, and of supervision programs, and pledges to not contract with private corporations for operations" to hold inmates and/or rehabilitation programs after time served.

In the resolution, the Board stated for-profit correctional facilities are less effective and less transparent than a state run facility.

Currently in Pima County, there is one privately operated correctional facility in Marana.

The Board is expected to vote on this resolution Tuesday.

Similarly, The Tucson City Council will discuss adopting a resolution to oppose for-profit jails and allowing Tucson inmates in for-profit jails in its study session Tuesday.