Magazine article Corrections Forum

Private Prison Legislative Activity

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Private Prison Legislative Activity

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Ohio Governor George Voinovich urged lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would require private companies to run all new Ohio prisons. Voinovich stated that although privatization may offer many opportunities for the future, its scope should be limited at this point in time. The governor felt if prisons did become privately run, it would send a negative message to Ohio's corrections officers who are in fear of losing their jobs.

In Tennessee, the issue of private prisons vs state-run is also a hot topic. The head of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is pushing hard to convince legislators to turn over up to 70 percent of Tennessee's prison system to private operators. The Tennessee Prison Privatization plan is backed by Governor Don Sundquist, and supported by House Finance Committee Chairman Matt Kisber and Lt. Gov. John Wilder.

State employees' unions and other opponents of the bill have questioned if privatization would save $100 million per year as its supporters claim, and if privately run prisons would be maintained as securely as state-run facilities. …

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