|Corrections Department formally requests ideas from private sector for building new prison|
|By omaha.com- Paul Hammel|
LINCOLN — Nebraska Corrections officials issued a formal request for information on Monday, seeking ideas from private firms on how to build and finance a 1,200- to 1,800-bed medium/maximum security prison to alleviate years of prison overcrowding.
The new prison, which is expected to cost upward of $240 million, would be built by a private company and then leased back to the state for up to 30 years. The State of Kansas recently opened such a “design/build/finance” prison with the nation’s largest private prison firm, CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America.
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