It would be Hell to be held hostage once the state became heavily dependent on private prisons.he audit estimated it would cost the state $65.36 per inmate per day to operate a 660-bed, maximum-security unit, while a private operator could do it for $62.34. Both estimates include more than $4 in associated indirect costs, including administrative and medical expenses.
“The key factor in the comparison, however, is the private contractor rate used,” the audit reads. The consultants identified a “break-even point” of $61.03 per inmate per day – when a private contractor’s requested per diem rate exceeds $61.03, it becomes more economical for the state to build its own facility.
Private prison contracts are not a panacea for all corrections problems, the audit shows. The more heavily a corrections system relies on private contractors, the harder it is for the state to control those contractors.
I wonder if the state took steps to build a new prison, would CCA decide that it's time to sell one of its new prisons to the state like it did with MBCC at McLoud, OK?