(Pic by Smithers7)
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State House, Senate agree on prison privatization

By | 05.02.11 | 9:13 am

Budget negotiators from the Florida House and Senate agreed to a plan that would privatize state prisons in an 18-county region that includes the southern part of the state — the entire area below a line from Manatee County in the west to Indian River County in the east.

Under the proposal, the Department of Corrections could either award the entire region to a single company, or could divide the region into smaller pieces. The deal would have to be approved by the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.

The House had originally proposed privatizing just a portion of that region, including Broward and Miami-Dade counties, but agreed to the Senate’s version. Lawmakers also agreed to privatize prison health care statewide.

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