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AZ legislator calls for investigation of prison money

AZ legislator calls for investigation of prison money

Screenshot from AZ news report on private prisons, showing a prison from above
Photo: AFSC

On Friday, March 28, 2014, Arizona Rep. John Kavanagh attempted to give the private for-profit prison company GEO Group a cool $900,000 handout in the Arizona state budget on top of the $45 million they already receive in state contracts. There was immediate, and notable outrage at this blatant circumvention of budget negotiations, not to mention the important fact that Kavanagh has taken campaign donations from private prison companies.  

Thanks to the overwhelming response and outcry, the $900,000 earmarked for GEO Group was removed from the budget.

To learn more, watch AFSC-Arizona Director Caroline Isaacs being interviewed on Phoenix’s Channel 12.

News Source: 
AZ Central