Friday, May 25, 2012
NH May Send All Its Male Prisoners to Private Facilities
A proposal in New Hampshire to send all male prisoners in the state to private prison facilities has raised some serious concern. This would be the first time any state has turned over such a sizable portion of its incarcerated population to the industry, though some other states have proposed similar measures in the past (such as Arizona). The state is currently weighing bids from four companies to provide the beds it is seeking, and unfortunately some local officials have already started to fall for the "economic stimulus" trap. But many others have already realized that the industry has an agenda all its own, that doesn't exactly correspond with the best interests of New Hampshire's taxpayers or prisoners. The state expects to spend most of the summer reviewing applications, and has targeted September as the month in which a decision is likely to come down.