CBS News: Florida Senate kills prison privatization plan

The bill, which would have put up for bids the operation of 27 prisons and work camps, was intended to save $16.5 million a year by increasing the number of inmates in private prisons to more than 25,000, about a quarter of those behind bars. Florida spends $268 million running the facilities, according to a Senate analysis.

Florida’s 104,306 prisoners trail only California’s 165,062 and Texas’s 173,649, according to the Justice Department. The Florida proposal would have moved 14,500 inmates into private facilities.

For the entire story: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57378335/florida-senate-kills-prison-privatization-plan/

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