I realize I'm way too late on posting this, and for that I apologize. The link goes to an excellent piece from Mother Jones magazine that outlines the GOP's plan to sell prisons and their management to private companies. I've seen and reported on various proposals in places like Maine, Ohio, and Florida, among others, but this article does a great job of tying it all together.
As with everything Republicans do, the push to privatize is all being done "for the sake of the budget." This comes despite widespread abuses and problems at private prisons and the fact that private prisons may indeed cost more to operate than government-run facilities.