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Executive Council Approves Study of Private Prison Proposals

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New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved hiring a consultant to assist the state in reviewing proposals from several companies to run its prisons. The council approved a contract Wednesday of $171,347 to hire consultant MGT of America of Tallahassee, Florida

Governor John Lynch says it’s a lot of money, but necessary to figure out which proposal is really the best deal.

Lynch: we're trying to get this all done by the beginning of October, and the state just does not have the financial capacity to analyze and evaluate as comprehensively as they need to the bids that have been submitted.

The state issued three requests for proposals from private businesses: one to build and operate a prison for male inmates, one for a female prison, and one for a facility that would house both male and female inmates.

It received four responses on the men's prison and four on the one that would house men and women.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.
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