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.

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