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6/2/2010 9:55:00 PM
Four companies respond to prison proposal request
The Daily Courier

Four prison companies, including two that withdrew from further considering a Prescott Valley-area site, responded to a request for proposals from the state to house as many as 5,000 inmates.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Management & Training Corp. (MTC), the Geo Group and Emerald Correctional Management responded to the RFP by this past Friday's deadline, said Barrett Marson, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Marson said he could not provide any information on how many inmate bids the companies seek to fill and where they planned to locate the prisons. He added he has not seen the bids.

"There is no deadline for review of all these bids," he said Wednesday. "Obviously, the department is going to do its due diligence."

CCA and MTC previously considered land off Fain Road for a private prison, but they faced widespread opposition from the community and a lack of support from the Town Council.

Prison supporters, including board members of the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, contended the CCA prison would create badly needed jobs.

CCA management notified foundation and town officials in early February that the company was no longer considering the Fain property. However, two members of the Fain family told the council Feb. 11 that they wanted to proceed with applying to annex their land into the town and rezone it to accommodate a prison.

Bill Fain and his son, Brad, said they would let the voters decide whether they want a private prison in the community.

They have not applied for rezoning or annexing the land, Community Development Director Richard Parker said Wednesday.

"I have seen absolutely nothing," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010
Article comment by: Besides the Fains

who else in this town is taking money from these 4 private for profit gulags? How about a little indepth investigative reporting for a change. I'm all for a recall on any politician that's in on this deal. Sure wish we could recall the Fains.

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010
Article comment by: long time res long time res

hey bill and brad why dont you guys go to one of the prisons in phoenix and hang out their and really see the prisoners and how they we really want murders in a prison here?no i dont think we do.people escape from prisons and they dont care about other peoples lives.hey fains wake up we do not want a prison here in prescott valley never.if i have to go door to door to have people sign a petition to stop you fains from putting a prison here i will do so.

Posted: Saturday, June 05, 2010
Article comment by: Dave in Prescott

Just like the folks in Prescott can recall (people) from the City Council, so can the council members in P.V. be recalled. Just at what point the voters get mad enough to do it, is a another matter altogether.
Folks, get together and act on your concerns. Otherwise, you've got another BP rolling over you as if you don't exist. Show them that you do exist and that you care about where you live.

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010
Article comment by: Knot A. Fan

Stay tuned folks. I don't trust any of the parties mentioned. Who wrote the article? Why was none of the opposition to the prison mentioned? Why is there no uproar over the PV Economic Development foundation still getting over $200,000 a year from the taxpayers?

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010
Article comment by: Fed Up

Here we go again, this issue is far from over, the Fains want this town destroying prison, They will not rest until they get one. All the land give aways, the park named after him, the road named after him. All this "good will" towards this community. Well, with one last desperate act he will undo this town . There are no Jobs to be had, no benifits to the community. Go to No prison in get an education on this . Thank you again Patty Lasker and the Economic Development Foundation for allowing this again.

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