Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

NEWS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 1999

CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES PREFERRED BIDDER
FOR SECOND PRIVATE PRISON

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today announced that Management and Training Corporation (MTC) of Ogden, Utah is the preferred bidder for the operation of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ashtabula County. DRC will now begin the contract negotiation process with MTC. Assuming successful negotiations, DRC anticipates presenting a proposed contract to the Ohio Controlling Board in November 1999. When the contract is awarded, materials relating to the bids and the evaluation process will be made available.

The Lake Erie Correctional Institution will be a 1,380 bed medium security correctional facility that will house male inmates. The prison, still under construction, will be owned by the state but operated by the private vendor. The privatization of the facility was set forth in Senate Bill 117 in 1995, which required the state to build a prison to be operated by a private vendor and for that vendor to operate at a 5% cost savings over state cost. The process of evaluating the bids was accomplished by a committee made up of DRC personnel who worked from an objective scoring instrument, interviews with bidders, and interviews with jurisdictions where each of the bidders is now doing business.

The prison construction is expected to be completed early next year and will accept inmates in the spring of 2000.

For further information, please contact DRC spokesperson Joe Andrews at (614) 752-1150