Source: By JENNIFER LIBERTO, St Petersburg Times (FL), April 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Corrections is killing two no-bid contracts with a private company, together valued at $84-million, after months of criticism and a scathing audit. In two letters written Friday, interim prison boss James McDonough wrote that the state is ending two contracts with Tallahassee’s TYA Pharmaceuticals, including one to repackage medications for prisoners, worth $72-million, and the other to split tablets, valued at $12-million. ….. The state plans to take over the pill splitting at the end of 30 days, conducting the work in-house at a savings, McDonough wrote.
Source: By KAREN KELLER, HERALD NEWS (NJ), Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Passaic County Jail inmate prayers — and stomach rumblings — have been heard. Sheriff Jerry Speziale is firing the jail’s meal provider, Aramark, and inmates will take charge of the kitchen come May, Speziale spokesman Bill Maer said. “We can do it as well as them at this point,” he said. The company’s $1.7 million annual contract is being terminated based on poor “quality, service, attentiveness,” Maer said. Jail officials haven’t estimated how much they will save by cooking in-house, but the financial aspect is secondary, Maer said. Inmates said the food is cold, measly in portion size, not varied enough and served on dirty trays, forcing some to pay as much as $200 a month on prepackaged food from the jail’s commissary.
Source: Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau, Jan 13, 2006
LITTLE ROCK – A legislative committee Thursday questioned the state Department of Correction’s use of $8 million in salary savings from open positions for other needs within the prison system. Prison officials went before lawmakers seeking permission to take the money from the agency’s regular salaries account. Prison Director Larry Norris said about $5.5 million of the money would be placed in the system’s medical assistance account. ….. Two prison units in Newport, the Grimes Unit and McPherson Unit, were managed by the Wackenhut Corrections Corp. of Coral Gables for several years, but management problems forced the state to retake control, the prison director said. “We’ve tried it and it did not work,” Norris said. “In my opinion, they can’t do it better for less.”
Source: ZACHARY GORCHOW, Detroit FREE PRESS (MI), December 13, 2005
Wayne County sheriff’s deputies are expected to take over policing Detroit’s public housing facilities, replacing a private corporation that has been providing security. Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which still has to be approved by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and county commissioners, the sheriff’s department would be responsible for policing the city’s 19 public housing complexes. ….. If approved as expected, the sheriff’s department will replace Wackenhut Corp., a private company that now handles security for public housing. Five months ago, HUD took over the Detroit Housing Commission, which runs public housing in the city, after decades of complaints about fiscal mismanagement and dilapidated buildings. Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans said his department could better police housing units because, unlike Wackenhut’s personnel, his deputies can make arrests and have the resources to pinpoint crime trends. When Wackenhut responds to a situation, its personnel have to contact Detroit police to make an arrest.
Source: Mary Massingale, Copley News Service (IL), Friday, December 9, 2005
As state government prepares to shift hundreds of contracted positions to union jobs by the end of the month, some contractors are warning a “brain drain” could cripple state programs serving the poor and disabled. ….. As part of an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the state is eliminating 913 “personal-services” contract workers by Dec. 31 and replacing about 600 of them with current and newly hired union employees. Of those 913, 308 are computer contractors and 280 will be replaced. The remaining contract positions are primarily clerical jobs.