Reality hit a new high today as the Kingman escape where three murderers escaped with the help of an accomplice has set a new standard for the private prison industry. Today, March 17, 2011, the Arizona Republic announced in its article that the lawsuit, filed by the relatives of the deceased family that was murdered in New Mexico during the escape has extended their lawsuit to include the owner and the installers of the defunct alarm system in their lawsuit. The Republic reports “Thursday’s lawsuit expands the liability to Dominion Asset Services, because the family’s attorneys claim the company improperly installed a faulty alarm system at the prison from which the inmates escaped.” 
This will send a strong message to those enterprises that do business with these big prison contractors such as Corrections Corporations of America (CCA), Management and Training Corporations (MTC) and GEO Group formerly known as the Wackenhut group. The significance of this lawsuit is to bring accountability back into the systems procured by these private contractors to run prisons at their lowest cost possibly sacrificing quality and reliability upon the installation of such systems. In one is to pay close attention to these bids, you will find a commonality in the general contractors, subcontractors and individual suppliers that engage business with these private prison builders at a very predictable manner. For example, the fire alarms installed in Kingman prisons were also installed in Eloy prison showing that the main purpose of these bids and contracts is to provide work for established subcontractors who eagerly await the winning bid so they can work out their arrangement with the general contractor. It is highly likely there are more commonalities within the construction business we are not aware of, however, they all received the message loud and clear, short cuts and obsolete equipment will no longer be tolerated.
As of today, the fact that contractors, subcontractors and suppliers will be held accountable and liable for defective equipment sends a new message out there that quality control and public safety can not and should not be compromised at anytime. Many business men will have to do some rethinking on their proposals to provide the equipment required to operate prisons at a safe level with high tech alarm systems that are both functional and practical to operate by private prison security guards.