Jindal’s 2011-12 budget includes $85 million for health-care services that would come from the sale of state-owned prisons in Avoyelles, Winn and Allen parishes. While the Winn and Allen correctional centers already are under private management, Jindal is proposing to privatize operations at Avoyelles Correctional Center. He also wants to convert the 580-bed Dabadie correctional Center in Pineville into a privately run 300-bed facility. The privatization would eliminate 325 jobs at Avoyelles and 149 positions at Dabadie for a total savings of about $5.5 million next year, Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc said.
– Dozens protest Jindal plans for state prisons in Cenla
Source: Town Talk, March 25, 2011
– Jindal plans to sell, privatize prisons protested
Source: Associated Press, March 24, 2011