- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Corrections has extended the application deadline for bidders hoping to run a new private prison.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1M3B8jv ) the deadline has been pushed back two months to Sept. 22. DOC spokesman Andrew Wilder said Monday that moving the deadline gives the agency time to review the recent riots at a private prison in Kingman.

Inmates at the private prison, operated by Management & Training Corp., rioted around the July 4 holiday. Living quarters were destroyed and more than 1,000 inmates were moved to other facilities, including county jails and state prisons.

The state hopes to outsource 1,000 additional prison beds this fiscal year. Some sheriffs in the state are concerned that the bidding process is designed to benefit private-prison companies.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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