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Privatizing Prisons: The Pros and Cons

Tim Pearce, Los Gatos via Flickr

This year, there’s been a lot more talk about New Hampshire going the route of as the Governor and others explore the idea of private companies running our corrections institutions.  But questions remain -- about the rehabilitation of prisoners, inmate and employee safety, and whether, in the end, the cost savings would be enough to make this shift worthwhile.

Guests:

Harris Kenny: policy analyst, Reason Foundation

Eric Lotke: senior research analyst for the Service Employees International UnionPublic Division

Also joining us:

Sylvia Larsen: Concord Democrat and New Hampshire Senate Minority Leader and chair of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Women Offenders.

Andy Sanborn: Republican candidate for State Senate. He represented Henniker in the Senate until resigning in June in order to run in his home district of Bedford. While in the Senate, he supported efforts to develop a plan for privatizing the State Department of Corrections.

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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