Saguaro Correctional Facility Sign

ELOY — Nevada plans to ship up to 200 “dangerous” inmates to a private prison in Eloy.

The Nevada Board of Examiners this week approved a $9.2 million contract with CoreCivic Inc. The Review-Journal reported that the two-year agreement comes as Nevada’s corrections system is overburdened with inmates and facing a bed shortage.

The department will target “the most destructive and the most dangerous” inmates for out-of-state relocation, Nevada Department of Corrections Director James Dzurenda said. This group includes those who recruit gang members and extort others.

“We’re not going to tolerate that,” he said.

State officials have identified most inmates who will be sent to Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy. Officials expect to move most of the inmates in the third week of November.

Nevada’s gain is more than “bed-for-bed,” Dzurenda said, because some relocating inmates are in segregation areas that can house two inmates.

Under the contract, Nevada will pay $72.58 per inmate per day during the first fiscal year, the newspaper reported. That rate changes to $74.40 in the next fiscal period, which starts July 1. The contract is flexible, allowing Nevada to expand the number of inmates if necessary, Dzurenda said.

Nashville-based CoreCivic operates and owns seven correctional facilities in Pinal County: the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex, Eloy Detention Center, La Palma Correctional Center, Oracle Transition Center, Oracle Transition Center Annex, Red Rock Correctional Center and Saguaro Correctional Center. The facilities have a combined capacity of 12,272 beds.