Gov. Scott: Prison’s won’t go private if it doesn’t save money

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The state’s massive plan for prison privatization won’t go forward if it doesn’t save the state money, Gov. Rick Scott told reporters this week, reports the News Service of Florida. On Wednesday night after a speaking engagement in Jacksonville, Scott was asked about reports that the state’s prison privatization plan is already $25 million over budget because of unforseen costs related to corrections officers leaving, such as severance pay. The state is planning to privatize nearly 30 facilities in South Florida. “We’re not going to outsource if we don’t save money,” Scott said. He noted that the legislation calling for the privatization requires contract companies to do the work at a 7 percent savings to the state. “If you don’t get the results, you don’t do it,” Scott said. “It won’t happen unless we get the 7 percent savings.”

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