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Concerns over possible Orofino prison privatization

If Idaho were to privatize its state prison at Orofino, it'd go from 37 percent privately operated beds to 43 percent, state Corrections Director Brent Reinke told JFAC. The department has sent out a "request for information" to see if such a move could save money, he said. "This is not a bid," Reinke said. "We're doing research to see if there might be any cost savings." Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, said she's not the only one who's been hearing from people in Moscow concerned about the impact on jobs and the community if the state were to privatize the Orofino state prison, a major local employer. Reinke said he just met with the Orofino mayor, and everything will be examined. Ringo asked, "On the request for information, do you take into account the costs to the community which may not show up in the corrections budget?" Reinke said, "We will do the best we can."




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