Despite the industry's lackluster record, private prisons are still seemingly in high demand. For instance, legislators in New Hampshire have released a request for proposals (RFP) to construct at least 1,500 beds from private companies, even though every town in the state that has been proposed as a site has come out strongly in opposition to a private prison. Thankfully though, there is still an option to just add on to existing prison facilities, which may preclude the state from bringing in a private prison company.
Meanwhile, over in Montana, the state has failed to learn from the example set by the government in Hardin, which is one of the clearest examples of the perils of privatization. The state also released an RFP, this one for 120 medium-security and "special needs" beds. Though the scope here is smaller, the risks are the same as with any other proposal to privatize such an inherently governmental function.