Cells for Sale: Understanding Prison Costs & Savings
April 11, 2011
Since the first private prisons were opened in Ohio in 2000, Ohio law has required that any private operator produce savings of at least 5 percent compared to what it would cost the state to operate the same facility. This April 2011 report, written by journalist Bob Paynter for Policy Matters Ohio, finds that cost calculations performed over a number of years by the state have not reliably demonstrated the savings required under the law. A demonstration of lower cost is not sufficient reason to give over this most sensitive government function to private, profit-making companies. But now, with the Kasich administration proposing to sell five state-owned prisons, Paynter’s findings undercut the primary rationale that has been given for doing so.
Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings New York Times