NH gov looking to privatize some prison operations
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. John Lynch is looking to privatize some state prison operations, but says the budget for New Hampshire taking effect at midnight without his signature may not benefit from any savings.
The Democratic governor said Tuesday he will issue an open-ended request for proposals from vendors this summer for bids to do everything from privately building a new prison to lease back to the state to handling inmates’ medical care. He said he does not support sending inmates out of state – an option allowed in the budget package passed by Republican lawmakers.
Vendors would have 60-90 days to turn in bids.
Lynch said he did not veto the budget because if no budget was in place Republican leaders could pass a new one that is worse.