There is now a website that informs the citizens of New Hampshire about the looming possibility of prison privatization in the Granite State — nhprisonwatch.org
While political attention is focused on the end of a contentious legislative session and the beginning of a busy election season, a momentous decision is being considered behind closed doors in the Department of Administrative Services.
There, Administrative Services and Department of Corrections staff are reviewing piles of documents from four corporations interested in taking over the state’s prison system and running it for profit. If a contract with one of the private firms emerges in late summer or early fall, only then will policy-makers and citizens get to know the details of a deal with profound implications for public safety, the state budget, job quality and the constitutional obligation to support the rehabilitation of offenders. Continue reading on The Concord Monitor here.
- With no direct vote by the legislature
- With little input by the community
- With almost no public discussion of pros and cons