A private prison company in Kentucky said Monday it can house West Virginia inmates for less than the state Division of Corrections.
Kentucky’s Corrections Corporation of America said in a bid opened by the state Purchasing Division it can house up to 400 West Virginia prisoners in its Beattyville facility for $59.80 per day.
It costs the DOC around $65 per day to house prisoners at an in state facility according to division Commissioner Jim Rubenstein.
CCA was the only private company to bid on the proposal to send inmates to out of state facilities.
Rubenstein told a legislative committee Sunday he and members of his staff conducted an on-site interview and tour of the Lee Adjustment Center last month, allowing for the opening of the cost bid this week.
If the state chooses to send 400 inmates to the center, the bid said it would cost West Virginia $8.7 million per year.
A spokesman for the DOC said state officials are still considering CCA’s proposal before they decide on the next steps.