In another interesting twist, the Two Rivers Authority, the agency responsible for APPF's contract to run the Hardin, MT jail, apparently stepped outside its jurisdiction by offering to permit APPF to function as Hardin's own private police force. The administrator of TRA has been placed on administrative leave over the contract negotiations.
But the only board member who commented, Tim Murphy, said he doesn't care about the criminal history of APPF's leader or all the problems that have come to light over the past few days, only that the company makes its lease payments on time. As with all private prisons, it just comes down to the bottom line: the almighty dollar. Mr. Murphy is a jerk who doesn't care that his town is about to be overrun by a private police force. Way to look out for the people of Hardin.