The Arizona Republic reported today that the Senate Appropriations Committee took out the $900,000 in additional funding for private prisons as requested by House Appropriations Chair John Kavanagh for his friends at GEO Group:
Nearly $1 million in additional funding for private prisons was removed from the state budget today, following an uproar of criticism from Arizonans.
The Senate Appropriations Committee took out $900,000 in excess funds the House last week had earmarked for GEO Group Inc., which is expected to receive $45 million this fiscal year for providing minimum- and medium-security beds in Phoenix and Florence.
The company has contracts with the state that guarantees at least a 95 percent occupancy rate, virtually ensuring the company a profit for operating its prisons in Arizona.
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