The administration of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking companies to detail how much they would charge the state for inmates in two places if two state prisons are sold to ease budget problems, reports The Advocate in Baton Rouge. The Corrections Corporation of America operaes the Winn Correctional Center and Global Expertise in Outsourcing Inc. operates the Allen Correctional Center.
Sale of the medium-security prisons would force the state to pay the new owners for the care of inmates. Some elected officials are nervious about how much the state would end up paying. Jindal estimates that a sale of the prisons would net the state $66n million, which would help trim a $1.6 billion state operating budget shortfall expected for the year beginning July 1.