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Millions of dollars wasted on nearly empty prisons built twice as large as planned, watchdog says


Two brand new tribal jails built by the Navajo Nation in Arizona and paid for by the federal government are sitting almost empty because they’re more than twice as large as planned — and now there’s not enough money to run them.

That’s what the Justice Department’s watchdog found in a report released Wednesday that shows how $70.3 million in economic stimulus grants turned a crucial need in Indian country to incarcerate and rehabilitate adult offenders into two white elephants.


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