Criminal Justice

Will the North Central Correctional Institution Become the Next Prison for Profit?


This week state lawmakers snuck through a bill permitting the sale of another state prison to a private, for-profit company, without any opportunity for public comment in either the Ohio House or Senate. The ACLU called on Governor John Kasich to veto the legislation.

House Bill 238, which will allow the sale of the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion among other state-owned properties, was passed by the Senate, and the House concurred with the Senate’s changes. The prison sale was originally in House Bill 239 before being inserted into HB 238 by the Senate. The ACLU and other organizations had no chance to present testimony against the sale.

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