While public employees in the prison sector are sweating it out, hoping they don’t lose the perpetual game of budget bingo being played out across the country, the private prison industry that houses illegal immigrants has been flourishing.
Ohio is expected to save more than $13 million with the changes put in place to consolidate and privatize its correctional facilities. Three Ohio state prisons have a change in management or operations as part of a consolidation and privatization effort by Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction made changes in the ownership and operation of five prisons, saving the state an estimated $13 million annually and adding an additional 702 beds throughout Ohio’s prison system.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A small group of politically influential companies could be awarded a contract worth millions of dollars in a legislative effort to privatize Florida’sprisonhealthcare services, according to reports.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Nashville woman can sue private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America for allegedly leaving her mentally ill grandson in solitary confinement for months without bathing him or cleaning his cell.
After retiring from the Georgia Department of Corrections in 1998, Ralph Kemp joined Corrections Corporation of America in 2000. He is currently the warden at the company’s Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, Ga.