Tucson City Council set to vote on resolution to oppose private prisons

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson City Council will be voting Tuesday night on a resolution to oppose private correctional facilities and detention centers. 

Council members Regina Romero and Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham are backing this resolution.

The resolution states that Arizona and other jurisdictions have contracted with private, for-profit corporations to operate their detention and correctional facilities and have not reduced their populations or saved money.

In the memorandum, it states a number of reasons why private run facilities are not ideal including
they are less accountable to the public, have higher rates of safety and security incidents than their public counterparts and employees are compensated at a lower rate and receive less training and oversight than their public counterparts.

The county owns and operates the Pima County Jail so it is not privately managed. As for the Arizona Department of Corrections, the state operates 10 prisons and six more are privately owned including one in Marana. 

The city council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

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