COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state says three companies, including one from Utah, have submitted bids to buy and operate five prisons under Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plan to privatize some corrections work.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says privatizing the prisons will save $6.6 million annually and provide communities with new tax revenue.
The companies submitting bids Friday are Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America, Boca Raton, Fla.-based GEO Group, Inc. and Centerville, Utah-based Management and Training Corporation.
Two of the five prisons, North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility in Grafton and Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt), are already privately run, though the state owns the buildings.
Additional facilities include a closed juvenile prison in Marion, Marion's North Central Correctional Institution and Grafton Correctional Institution.
Contracts will be awarded by Sept. 1.