Senator Paula Dockery has released a “smoking gun” document that shows private prisons do not save the state 7 percent, and in many cases actually cost the state more than public prisons.
Proponents of privatization have claimed Florida’s private prisons save up to 30 percent compared to public prisons. But a week after Senator Paula Dockery formally requested bill sponsor Sen. John Thrasher and Senate Budget Committee Chair JD Alexander show how they’ve calculated their savings, they have provided no response or analysis.
Today, Senator Dockery has released budget reports from the Department of Corrections that show private prisons are not saving the state 7 percent, but in most cases are costing taxpayers more money than their public counterparts. These figures aren’t based on manipulated data, but are the actual per diem expenses paid by the state for each facility.
Bay Correctional Facility, Blackwater, Moore Haven, and South Bay, all private facilities housing adult male inmates, have higher per diem costs than the public prison average for adult males – even including the more costly inmates public prisons house, like those on death row.
“In an effort to privatize our state’s prisons, Senate leaders are acting like politicians at their worst – twisting arms in backrooms and giving contracts to special interest donors,” Senator Dockery said. “They need to start acting like any business in the private sector would and stop using imaginary numbers.”