During this week, at the end of August 2012, the state of Arizona has given a contract for 1,000 prison beds it clearly doesn't need to CCA. The outcome should hardly be a surprise, given the above investigative piece. Indeed in the two years just prior to the issuance of the state's RFP, CCA tried to get approval for constructing prisons in Dolan Springs, WIckenburg, Prescott Valley, Camp Verde and WInslow, Arizona. There was no need for any of them either, at the time. This gave rise to a reasonable basis for the supposition that CCA actually may have written its own RFP, a tactic aimed at eliminating any fair competition that might have been generated by the ultimate issuance of the call for new beds.
In this story, along with the accompanying article, "Corporate Con Game," author Hodai accurately predicted the outcome of this eventual assault on the state treasury. More importantly, his exposure helped defeat the original attempt to build a total of 5,000 unneeded for-profit beds at taxpayer expense. In my estimation, Hodai has saved the Arizona taxpayers from footing the bill for a good quarter-billion additional dollars worth of pork.