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Feb 11, 2016

THE STATE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE SALE OF A NORTHEAST OHIO PRISON TO A PRIVATE COMPANY DIDN'T VIOLATE THE STATE CONSTITUTION


THE STATE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE SALE OF A NORTHEAST OHIO PRISON TO A PRIVATE COMPANY DIDN'T VIOLATE THE STATE CONSTITUTION. MORE ON THIS FROM
THE LAKE ERIE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN CONNEAUT WAS SOLD TO NASHVILLE-BASED CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA IN 2011. IT WAS THE FIRST STATE PRISON IN THE NATION TO BE SOLD TO A PRIVATE COMPANY. THE COURT'S 5-2 RULING TODAY CLEARED THE SALE, WHICH WAS AUTHORIZED IN A STATE BUDGET BILL. A LAWSUIT BY SEVERAL FORMER PRISON EMPLOYEES AND THE UNION REPRESENTING STATE EMPLOYEES CHALLENGED THE SALE. THEY ALLEGED IT VIOLATED THE OHIO CONSTITUTION, INCLUDING A PROHIBITION AGAINST STATE FINANCIAL INVOLVEMENT WITH PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, BUT THE COURT DISAGREED.

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