North Country
10:51 am
Fri May 18, 2012

State Needs More Time To Study Private Prison Proposals

It is going to take a little longer than expected for the state of New Hampshire to decide whether it can save money by having its prisons run by a private firm.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

By July the state’s department of administrative services had hoped to finish its report evaluating proposals from four companies interested in running a private prison.

But Linda Hodgdon, the commissioner for administrative services, says there is so much information the department is looking for a consultant to help sort through it.

One bidder has said its proposal is 200 pages long and includes everything from construction to operation.

Hodgdon expects it will take until at least September to finish the report.

The state has yet to decide on whether to privatize the prisons.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen