KS To Move Inmates To Arizona Prison To Ease Crowding

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas plans to ease crowding in its prison system by moving scores of inmates to a private prison in Arizona over the next four months, an arrangement that made some top state lawmakers uneasy before the contract with a giant corrections company was negotiated.

The state Department of Corrections announced Friday that it signed a contract with CoreCivic Inc. to house up to 360 male inmates at the company’s Saguaro Correctional Facility, roughly halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The department said the first group of 120 inmates will move to Arizona by the end of the summer and the rest, by the end of the year.

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