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Nevada to send hundreds of inmates to private correctional facility in Arizona

Two hundred Nevada prisoners will likely be sent to an Arizona penal institution.

Edz Clarkson

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Two hundred Nevada prisoners will likely be sent to an Arizona penal institution.

The State of Nevada got a response from a vendor after putting out a request for proposals to house two hundred convicted prisoners, Nevada Department of Corrections Director James Dzurenda told that the state board of prison commissioners on Wednesday, August 30.

The Nevada Legislature approved Governor Brian Sandoval’s request for $12.4 million to ship 200 detainees out of Nevada to ease off overcrowding and allow restorations and maintenance on a building at Southern Desert Correctional Center, which will temporarily be closed.

Dzurenda further stressed out that the prisoners shipped to Arizona will not be from Nevada. Also, the proposal will allow the Nevada Department of Corrections to send prisoners out of state should they are involved in gang activities and trying to extort other inmates.

“I want to make it a point to those inmates that are doing this, that are trying to build up their gangs, that we do not tolerate this,” Dzurenda said.

The Nevada and CoreCivic are finalizing a contract deal, Dzurenda added. Once the contract is finalized, the prisoners could be shipped to neighboring state of Arizona in December 2017, coexisting with the restoration project’s start. The High Desert project is anticipated to eat around 12 to 18 months.

The Nevada state officials do not know where exactly in Arizona the inmates would be sent because CoreCivic has seven correctional facilities in Arizona,Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, Eloy Detention Center, La Palma Correctional Center, Oracle Transition Center, Oracle Transition Center Annex, Red Rock Correctional Center and Saguaro Correctional Center. Those facilities, meamwhile, have a combined capacity of 12,272 beds.

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