private prisons

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."

N.H. House Votes To Prohibit Privatizing Prisons

Mar 21, 2013

The House has voted to prohibit New Hampshire's corrections commissioner from transferring inmates to a private prison except in an emergency.

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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.


Harris Kenny: policy analyst, Reason Foundation

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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.

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.

Lancaster: First Private Prison Site?

May 9, 2012

A North Country  town could be the site of a privately run prison, should state officials decide to outsource its prison operations.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.