Monday, March 8, 2010
CCA is closing its Huerfano County (CO) Correctional Facility at the end of this month, after they lost a contract renewal bid with the state of Arizona to house 700 prisoners. Not only will 200 people lose their jobs; the sheriff's department and a local theater will suffer as well. How, you ask? Well part of the contract with CCA permitted for a "Prison Authority Fund," which provided subsidies to both those entities. Now that the prison is closing the theater will need to come up with a few extra hundred dollars per month to pay its utilities, and vehicle purchases and youth programs from the sheriff's department could also take a hit. It's just a shame to see these areas suffer from an inevtiable turn of events.