This is sad. Don't trust them folks - Vice Mayor Cook doesn't have the whole story, and if he does, he's not sharing it. Hit that link abut for the guys at the private Corrections Institute - they have current articles, lawsuit info, details on all the private prison companies - and CCA is among the biggest, greediest, and ugliest. If anyone tells you differently, they're lying...it's all out there, the research is solid!
Please don't passively allow these people to bury your children's futures in concrete and concertina wire. Those aren't even healthy jobs - they're hard jobs which take a huge psychic toll on officers and their families - and, by extension, on communities. How can it not erode a community's character if it's people are all sucked into the dehumanization and often violent repression of others - "criminal" or not.
We are by far creative enough and have enough capital in this country that all the economic gurus with the state and the region should be able to come up with something better than prisons as an employment base for communities like Wickenburg. Building more prisons surrenders to the notion that mass incarceration will continue to dominate our justice system landscape. It's a cynical, hopeless vision to invest in which gives no one incentive to try to find alternatives - either for a more stable, vibrant economic base, or for dealing with some of the root causes of high incarceration rates - like the criminalization of addiction, poverty, and trauma.
So far the only one who seems to have any sense is Mayor Blunt, but I'm not convinced that he hasn't already been sold - it's just a political game of making the citizens think they decided they not only want but NEED this institution now - that's how they work it.
We'll be thinking good things for your resistance, Wickenburg...send us an email if you want any help getting CCA out of there! Here's the PCI link to their rap sheet: it's pretty long