DUI Prison decision delayed

Holbrook - It appears that the citizens of Holbrook and Kingman may have to wait until after the first of the year to find out which city will be the site of a new 1,400-bed DUI private prison. Officials from the Arizona Department of Corrections held a public hearing on the proposed facility at the Navajo County Governmental Complex Nov. 18. At that time, the officials said the earliest a decision would be made would be Dec. 11. DOC Public Information Officer Jim Robideau said Dc. 11 that the bids for the private prison are still at the Attorney General’s Office for finalization. “We are waiting on them,” he said. Robideau said he spoke with Scott Smith, the DOC administrator for private prisons, Dec. 10, and was told DOC officials should hear something within 30 days. Robideau speculated that the DOC wouldn’t hear anything before the first of the year because of the holidays.

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