DoC reopens bidding process for privatizing prisons

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The Department of Corrections announced late Thursday that it would reopen the bidding process for a plan to privatize prisons across the southern third of the state, reports the News Service of Florida. The agency said it was allowed to push forward with the bids, despite a court order barring it from moving ahead, because an appeal filed Monday by Attorney General Pam Bondi effectively stayed the order by the state’s 2nd Circuit Court. The court ruled that lawmakers ran afoul of the constitution when they tucked the privatization proposal into the fine print of the budget instead of passing a separate law. “The Department will evaluate the proposals,” the DOC’s statement said. “However, out of respect for the ongoing litigation, the agency will not sign a contract until the litigation is complete.” Bids are due Nov. 10.

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