Facing opposition from politicians and the public, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on Tuesday scrapped a proposed massive prison construction program.
Napolitano said she will be content if lawmakers give her $27.9 million during the current special session to build three new 400-bed facilities for low-risk offenders. She said the balance of the $470 million program she wants to construct facilities for more than 9,000 inmates can wait.
But the governor remains adamant that lawmakers also approve another $26.4 million to acquire temporary space to deal with the current overcrowding in the state prison system, something legislators appear willing to do, according to a report by Capitol Media Services.