New Hampshire, the "Live Free or Die" state, appears to be the next state looking to privatize its state prison system. Presently, New Hampshire is evaluating bids from four different companies with the help of a private consultant obtained by the state. The final decision will ultimately be made by an Executive Council consisting of five members, needing only three votes to pass. While recent data suggests that privatized prisons can in fact be more costly to maintain than public prisons, it seems only a matter of time before New Hampshire joins the 32 other states that have already adopted some form of the privatized prison system. A decision is expected to be reached before the end of the year.
New Hampshire Lawmakers Are Pushing To Privatize The State's Entire Prison System