Improve Conditions At Private Prison

Several states use private companies to operate some corrections facilities, in attempts to save taxpayers’ money. In most cases, companies with contracts for such work operate jails and prisons efficiently.

That apparently is not the case with a state prison in Ashtabula County, Ohio. There, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found the company hired to run the prison is in compliance with only two-thirds of the state’s operating rules for such corrections facilities.

Corrections Corp. of America bought the prison from the state last year, for $72.7 million. Now, the state pays CCA $44.25 a day for each inmate housed there, plus an additional $3.8 million a year.

Yet state officials found health, safety and security problems when they checked the prison, which houses about 1,500 inmates.

Obviously, CCA needs to be required to make corrections – or pay stiff penalties if it fails to keep up its end of the deal.