Bill Allows Sale of 2nd Ohio Prison to Private Operator

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A bill on the way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich would allow the sale of a prison to a private prison operator, creating the second such facility in the state.

The legislation authorizes the state to put North Central Correctional Institution in Marion up for sale on the condition it continue to be run as a prison.

The facility is currently state-owned but operated by Utah-based private prison company Management and Training Corp.

A second prison, Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, is both owned and operated by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio criticized the proposal, saying it was rushed through without public input.