Management & Training Corp. of Utah takes over operation of Ohio’s 2,300-inmate North Central Correctional Institution tomorrow, reports the Associated Press. The prison is among five state facilities seeing management or operations changes that night in a consolidation and privatization effort by Republican Gov. John Kasich.
The previously private North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility in Lorain County will be returned to state control and merged into one complex with adjacent Grafton Correctional Institution. Kasich put five state prisons on the block, but only the privately-run Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut was sold. It was bought by Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's largest prison vendor, for $72.7 million in the first deal of its kind in the nation. The vendor already ran the facility. The sale generated more than enough to close a $50 million prison budget gap that loomed, so other offers were rejected. Savings will be realized even as the state adds 702 beds to its overcrowded 50,200-inmate prison system, said prisons spokesman Carlo LoParo.