In October we caught wind that West Virginia Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein is looking to transfer and house up to 400 prisoners out-of-state in attempts to alleviate prison overcrowding at home.
According to the West Virginia Gazette, representatives from two private prison companies — Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Community Education Centers (CEC) — attended a mandatory pre-bid conference and were able to submit bids for the contract on November 5th. The conference was open to other state departments interested in bidding on the deal, but only the two private contractors attended to express interest. The opening of those bids has been postponed twice. They are now set for December 5th.[node:read-more:link]