On a 13-11 vote, the New Hampshire Senate has blocked a House-backed measure to prohibit private prisons in the state.
Senate Republicans killed the prohibition effort, saying that the legislature needs to be able to keep all options on the table. Senator Andy Sanborn told colleagues that private prisons can be more efficient, lowering overall corrections costs.
"I believe we have an obligation to prove to the tax payers of New Hampshire, every day, that we are trying to spend their money wisely."
This year, there’s been a lot more talk about New Hampshire going the route of as the Governor and others explore the idea of private companies running our corrections institutions. But questions remain -- about the rehabilitation of prisoners, inmate and employee safety, and whether, in the end, the cost savings would be enough to make this shift worthwhile.
New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved hiring a consultant to assist the state in reviewing proposals from several companies to run its prisons. The council approved a contract Wednesday of $171,347 to hire consultant MGT of America of Tallahassee, Florida
Governor John Lynch says it’s a lot of money, but necessary to figure out which proposal is really the best deal.