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Firm Pitches Privately Built Jail

Item: Corrections company makes pitch for private jail the county would lease/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Kootenai County commissioners were cautiously optimistic on Wednesday after hearing a jail planning company's proposal to build a new, privately-funded jail. "If we could save money and lower costs with the way we're doing things, who wouldn't do that?" said Commissioner Todd Tondee, after Rocky Mountain Corrections gave a presentation to the commissioners and other officials at the county jail. Following up on informal meetings with county officials, RMC President Walt Femling explained to the commissioners how a new jail could be funded by private investors found by RMC. The facility would then be leased and operated by the county.

Question: Do you think this is a good idea?