Legislators Seek to Block Privatization of Prison Mental Health Services

By Audrey Arthur
A bill that would allow 27 Pennsylvania state prisons to outsource mental health services has encountered heavy opposition from state legislatures who are saying such action would put local communities at risk.

New Hampshire Rejects Privatization Bids

New Hampshire has dropped its bid to build private prisons for state inmates after an evaluation of the four proposed companies posed concerns of security and failure to meet state compliance, the state announced last week.

Conmed Signs New Contract in Howard County, Maryland

Conmed Healthcare Management, Inc., a provider of correctional facility healthcare services to county detention centers, announced in May it signed an agreement with Howard County, Md., for a one-year term with options for nine one-year extensions.

Lane County, Ore., Selects Corizon For Health Care Services

Corizon announced that it has been awarded the contract for health care services in Lane County, Ore., effective July 1, 2012.

Arizona Department of Corrections Privatizes Health Care

The Arizona Department of Corrections awarded a $349 million, three-year contract to Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Wexford Health Sources Inc. to privatize health care in Arizona’s state-run prisons.

Ohio Looks to Reduce Inmate Population, Privatize

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives passed a measure to reduce the size of the state’s prison population.

Fla. May Privatize Prisons

TALLAHASEE, Fla. — The Florida Senate has inserted language into its newly proposed budget that seeks to give corporations the chance to run correctional facilities and probation services in 18 counties in what some say could initiate a massive private takeover of public prisons.

Michigan Mulls Privatization of Juvenile Justice

In an effort to make up a $2.8 billion shortfall in statewide revenue, Republican state legislators introduced a bill that would complete the privatization of Michigan’s juvenile justice system.