HONOLULU (AP) - The state has awarded a three-year, $136.5 million contract to a private prison operator to house Hawaii inmates in Arizona, but Gov. Neil Abercrombie's administration says it's continuing to develop long-term plans to bring Hawaii's prisoners home.
The Department of Public Safety said Friday that the contract with Corrections Corporations of America will allow nearly 2,000 prisoners to be housed at Saguaro Correctional Center and Red Rock Correctional Center.
Corrections Corporations of America was the only bidder for the contract.
The state doesn't have enough prison space to accommodate the return of the roughly 1,700 inmates currently held at CCA facilities in Arizona.