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Resource ID: #23847
Subject: Prisons
Source: New Times (Phoenix)
Date: 12/20/2007



This story examined the human and financial costs of jail conditions in the fourth largest U.S. country. It quantified the costs of those conditions by comparing statistical data about the jail to statistics from similar-sized jails in the country. The story found that the custodian of this jail has been sued thousands of times more than the custodian of larger jails, that the combined cost to defend, settle and insure against these lawsuits was $41.4 million, that the country has not implemented changes recommended by national experts, and that the county's Environmental Services inspectors have documented environmental health concerns in the jails.

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