Prisoner move will cost millions

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August 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The Kansas Department of Corrections announced a contract on Friday to send 360 prisoners to Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona by the end of the year. NOMIN UJIYEDIIN / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Kansas will send 360 of its male prisoners to a privately owned and operated prison in Eloy, Arizona, starting this summer.

The Kansas Department of Corrections announced Friday that it had finalized a contract with CoreCivic to move up to 600 people to Saguaro Correctional Center. The prison is about one hour southeast of Phoenix and about a 12-hour drive from the southwestern corner of Kansas.

As of Aug. 9, Kansas prisons exceeded their operating capacity by 100 inmates.

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