City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Feb. 9, 2012
Goodyear no longer under consideration
for private prison expansion
GOODYEAR, AZ (Feb. 9, 2012) The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) has confirmed with the City of Goodyear that the Perryville Prison Complex in Goodyear is no longer being considered as a future site for a private prison. ADOC has just reissued its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the private prison expansion and has limited the sites in the RFP to only Florence and Yuma. Perryville Prison Complex was listed as a potential site for expansion in the previous RFP that was canceled in December 2011. This week, ADOC also made it clear to the City that Goodyear would not be considered in the future should there be any more private prison expansions in Arizona.
"The City of Goodyear is grateful to the Arizona Department of Correction for excluding Goodyear as a possible site and for taking into serious consideration the deluge of protests they received from our citizens, businesses and landowners," stated Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. "We would also like to thank our District 12 legislators - Senator John Nelson, Representatives Jerry Weiers and Steve Montenegro; County Supervisor Max Wilson; mayors and local elected officials of nearby cities; Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Westmarc; the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and all the concerned citizens who contributed to the united effort in opposition of the siting of this prison in Goodyear."
The ADOC was inundated with e-mails, card, letters and phone calls expressing opposition from concerned citizens and companies in Goodyear who were concerned that increasing the prison presence with the proposed private prison expansion would diminish land values in this high profile urban area and hurt the huge economic potential for development near the juncture of two major freeways.