Letter: Prison is not good for town
It can be said, that to be against a minimum security 2,000 bed - college campus type facility is NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) selfishness.
(NIMBY) IS selfish but; so is the greed to sell the land, build the facility, and see the potential for a revenue gain.
For example, Gary Marks, executive director of the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, will get credit and a "bonus" from the town for all jobs paying more than $20,000 a year.
Of course, Marks receives more than $228,000 per year now from PV taxpayers through an annual grant from the PV mayor and council.
In addition, the Fain Family would profit from the sale of 100 acres of "grazing land."
A few large contractors and engineering companies, many from Maricopa County, would benefit from the work.
Local motels and restaurants would also see increased revenues from this project.
The 120,000 people living within 15 miles of this penitentiary would, however, be forever "living" with the potential threats of breakouts and the lingering of friends and family of inmates wanting to visit on a regular basis.
This prison is also subject to being "upgraded" to a medium security prison by contract with the State of Arizona.
With all inmates being convicted felons, even attempted murders, rapists, burglary and robbery inmates, having "pleaded down" their crimes to prosecutors could be housed in Prescott Valley within 5 miles of approximately 20 of our children's schools.
Per Jerry Herrmann, managing editor of the PV Tribune, "Kingman, Marana happy with MTC prison in towns," (PV Tribune, Oct. 12, it looks pretty good.
Note: the Herrmann article only interviews "officials" of the towns including Kingman's deputy warden of the facility.
The MTC facility does not show on my Arizona AAA map, but, I understand it is quite some distance from town.
Also to be considered, the three year old jail at Kingman has already gone from a minimum security to a "medium" security facility. This is not a bonus for the people of Kingman when it would come to escapees or the friends and families of inmates coming to the area.
I think the blight placed on Prescott Valley and in the greater area, by this penal facility, would dampen property values and growth.
Families, retirees and potential businesses would, in the future, be discouraged from locating here. Is it worth it? Is it worth taking this chance?
Let Mayor Harvey Skoog and the individual council members know how you feel.
Tom Steele, Prescott Valley