There is such a thing as a stupid question.
The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports on a contract let by the state for 1,000 new prison beds.
The Arizona Department of Corrections has awarded a contract for 1,000 private prison beds to Corrections Corporation of America.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based company will use now-empty beds and increase the size of its Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, to handle the new prisoners. CCA currently houses about 1,000 state prisoners at the facility.
The state Legislature appropriated money for the beds last spring.
Arizona will pay CCA about $66 per day per prisoner and will own the facility after 17 years.
Given the surplus in the state's coffers, will AZ pay for hiring 1,000 new teachers, an investment in reducing crime and imprisonment?
Of. Course. Not.