New Hampshire has been debating whether or not to start housing some its prisoners in private facilities over the past few months. First came a proposal to send 600 prisoners to out-of-state private prisons. Then, the state submitted a request for proposals to construct a private facility; four companies submitted bids to get the contract.
Now, those companies have also bid on construction of a hybrid facility, which would hold both men and women and be at least 1,700 beds. The state is looking for a company to operate the facility for the next two decades, apparently taking a cue from CCA's recent proposal to 48 governors.
And most recently, the state is considering a proposal that would subject its entire prison population to private control. This comes despite the fact that the state's prison population is actually declining - it could have something to do with the tens of thousands of dollars the industry has spent on lobbyists to push privatization. Maybe.