Small New England State Finds Big State and National Support in Opposing Private Prison Proposal

For the past several months we’ve kept you updated about the movement by New Hampshire’s legislature to wholly privatize the state’s prison system.  No other state has privatized its entire prison system, and we are very concerned about the precedent that would be set if the state awards a contract to one of four bidders on its Request for Proposal.  We raised particular concern when we learned that lead manager of the private firm that New Hampshire hired to assist in analyzing the RFP’s is George Vose, a former private corrections administrator who currently sits on the board of Community Education Centers, a private prison company that operates halfway houses and recently has been highlighted for mismanagement of its New Jersey facilities.

<--break->We’ve been working to support the amazing organizers in New Hampshire to draw national attention to the proposals, and to ensure that decision-makers are dissuaded from moving forward.  This week we helped this group deliver a letter signed by 36 state and national organizations, representing over 14 million individuals, was delivered to New Hampshire’s Executive Council and governor expressing opposition to the state’s efforts to privatize the prison system.  Click here to view the press release and see below for a complete list of organizational signatories.

American Civil Liberties Union
American Friends Service Committee, North East Regional Office
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office
Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform
Disciples Justice Action Network
Families Now Involved
Grassroots Leadership
Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Reentry Initiative
Human Rights Defense Center
In The Public Interest
Institute of the Black World 21st Century
International CURE
Justice Policy Institute
Justice Strategies
League of Women Voters of New Hampshire
NAACP New England Area Conference
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
National Peoples’ Action
New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New Hampshire Council of Churches
PICO Lifelines to Healing Campaign
Private Corrections Institute
Private Corrections Working Group
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Southern Center for Human Rights
State Employees Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984
The Sentencing Project
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
YouthBuild USA, Inc.