A new report from the advocacy group In the Public Interest says private prison companies in the U.S. maintain large profits by writing contracts with states that mandate high inmate occupancy rates.

The report, “Criminal: How Lockup Quotas and ‘Low-Crime Taxes’ Guarantee Profits for Private Prison Corporations,” says Arizona has one of the highest guaranteed occupancy rates of all the contracts evaluated.

According to the report, Management and Training Corporation’s contracts to operate Arizona State Prison – Phoenix West, Arizona State Prison — Florence West and Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility, require 100 percent occupancy or for the state to compensate the company for the available beds.

Read the report here.

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