Two convicted killers and a third dangerous criminal broke out of a medium security private prison facility in Kingman Arizona in July 2010.
The escapees were eventually caught after a nationwide manhunt, but not before an Oklahoma couple was killed.
The escape and murders that followed raised some serious questions about private prison safety standards and whether new policies should be put in place to prevent prison breaks from happening again.
Two years later, Arizona lawmakers have decided to go in a different direction.
Buried in the $8.6 billion budget proposal passed at the state Capitol this week is a plan to "eliminate the requirement for a quality and cost review of private prison contracts."
It means there would no longer be an annual review of how private prisons operate.
Great idea. Handle privatized prisons the same way they handle privatized neighborhoods: no oversight. That way, the private contractors can claim that privatization is a huge success. Maybe Zogby could do a quick poll...
Oh, and guess what the last study found: "That study found that in some cases private prisons cost taxpayers more than state-run facilities."