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Investigating Private Prisons In the Mountain West

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Private prisons are often touted as a good source of jobs and economic prosperity for communities. But how do those jobs compare to the ones in government-run facilities? 


As part of the Mountain West News Bureau series private prisons, reporter Noah Glick took a look and found there’s no clear answer.


And: things like mental health counseling, drug treatment, electronic monitoring, and halfway houses. Reporter Ali Budner looks at what happened after a recentt conflict with prison policy in Colorado.


This series is supported by the Pulitzer Center. 


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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!