It's time to bring these people home.
Bill calling for audit of prison contract vetoed
Posted: KPUA (Hilo, Hawaii)
Saturday, June 26th, 2010 3:16 AM HST
HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. Linda Lingle has vetoed legislation that called for an audit of a state contract with a private prison firm that houses Hawaii felons.
In a statement Friday, Lingle said HB 415 would be costly, duplicative and would force the state auditor to go provide a legal opinion and make a policy judgment outside the scope of a normal audit.
The state's contract with the Corrections Corp. of America has come under scrutiny lately in part because of the deaths of two Hawaii prisoners at the firm's Arizona facility.
Two female inmates from Hawaii serving time at the company's Kentucky prison are suing the company and Hawaii. One of the inmates claims she was raped by two guards.
Hawaii removed its female inmates from that facility last year.