Accord reached on corrections / Privatization effort is next discussion

Source: Matthew Spolar, Concord Monitor, June 14, 2011

Budget negotiators in the House and Senate tentatively agreed yesterday to cut $13 million from the governor’s proposal for the state Corrections Department over the next biennium, setting the stage for privatization efforts within the department.

The cut was proposed by the Senate, which had hoped to use the money to add back 38 troopers to the state police force that would be cut under the House plan…Even with the cut, the Corrections Department’s $102 million annual appropriation would be a 2 percent increase over the current year during a tough budget cycle. Kurk said a study committee will convene this fall to look at privatization measures that could save money within the department. One idea has been to move 600 inmates from the aging state prison in Concord to an out-of-state facility.
Updated:
Private prison interest strong for New Hampshire
Source: Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, January 30, 2012
…Among the companies that have dispatched teams to New Hampshire are the three largest private prison operators in the world: the Corrections Corporation of America, the Geo Group, and the Management and Training Corp….Among the companies that have dispatched teams to New Hampshire are the three largest private prison operators in the world: the Corrections Corporation of America, the Geo Group, and the Management and Training Corp.
Prisons: Real costs to privatization – letter to editor
Source: Marco A. Mura, Concord Monitor, January 30, 2012
Prison privatization plan has opponents
Source: Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, February 22, 2012
N.H. officials mull private prison bids / Some have doubts over cost savings
Source: Annmarie Timmins, Concord Monitor, April 8, 2012

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