SIERRA VISTA — The Arizona Department of Corrections is gauging interest in whether private companies want to run state prisons in Douglas and Safford.
A "request for information" from private prison companies was issued Monday in response to a House bill approved last year as part of the state budget.
Corrections Director Charles L. Ryan said the corrections department will know before the end of February whether there is any interest by private companies in operating the two prisons.
The Legislature's Joint Committee on Capital Review narrowed the scope of the "request for information" to exclude prison complexes with maximum-security and close-custody beds.
The Safford and Douglas prisons house only minimum- and medium-security inmates.
Responses from companies are due Feb. 23.