- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona is sending its first group of inmates to a privately operated prison as part of an expansion project meant to alleviate prison crowding.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/2aba7R9 ) that the 25 inmates will move into the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy on Tuesday. The state Department of corrects plans to transfer 1,000 medium-custody inmates to southern Pinal County by January.

The Corrections Corporation of America says it is spending $40 million on Red Rock, including building a new dormitory, renovating cells and expanding recreation areas. The facility once housed inmates from other states but began taking Arizona inmates in January 2014.

The state agreed to a 20-year contract with the corrections company last year. The Tennessee-based CCA is projected to earn at least $21 million a year on the deal.

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

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