Report: Prison crowding costs state millions

State News

December 16, 2019 - 9:48 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prisons have exceeded their operating capacity and it will cost the state millions of dollars to send hundreds of prisoners to a privately owned and operated prison in Arizona.

The Kansas Department of Corrections this month announced a contract with CoreCivic to move inmates to Saguaro Correctional Center, KCUR-FM reported. Plans call for 360 male prisoners to be moved starting this summer, and up to 600 inmates could be moved.

CoreCivic plans to fly the first group of 120 inmates to the prison in Eloy, Arizona, and others will be driven to the facility. The prison is roughly a 12-hour drive from the southwestern corner of Kansas.

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