- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A group of prison reform advocates are calling for Gov. Doug Ducey to cancel the bidding process for additional correctional beds in the wake of a private prison riot in Kingman.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1SySnck ) that a small group of advocates gathered on the Capitol lawn Monday to oppose the private prison process.

The Department of Corrections extended the application deadline by two months to Sept. 22 for bidders hoping to run the private facility.

Demonstrators say the $50 million earmarked for more prison beds should be spent on education, social services or more probation programs.

Inmates at the Kingman facility, 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.

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

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