The move by the Idaho Board of Corrections to dump the private contractor running part of the prison system is good, but it only goes half way.
Idaho Department of Correction won’t be allowed to submit its own bid or take over operations at the prison south of Boise, because Board of Correction Chairwoman Robin Sandy said that would amount to expanding state government.
The three-member Board of Correction made the decision during a meeting Tuesday evening, opting not to let an automatic two-year extension of CCA’s $29.9 million contract kick in when the current contract expires on June 30, 2014.
Allowing a private for-profit firm run a portion of the prison system is absurd. It would be like having part of the State Police run by a rent-a-cop firm.
Certain things are proper venues for government like schools, sewer systems, roads, schools, parks, etc. The Idaho constitution calls for a department of corrections, but does not address private contractors.
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