Committee votes down prison privatization bill

Committee votes down prison privatization bill
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 7:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:14am

A victory Monday for state corrections workers worried about losing their jobs to prison privatization. The House Appropriations Committee voted down the bill that would allow the State Department of Public Safety and Corrections to look into selling several prisons.

Bill author, Henry Burns, believes selling state prisons to private entities would bring in money to offset a $1.6 billion shortfall for the 2012 fiscal year. Advocates of the bill say it will also save the state $12 million every single year.

Opponents worry that the savings are too good to be true. Instead, they think the privatizaion will hurt current prison employes and jeopardize the safety of communities in the surrounding areas.

The committee voted 13 to 12 to involuntarily defer the bill. It can be brought back up for a hearing only if it has 2/3 of the committee's approval.

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