COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state can sell a central Ohio prison to a private company under a bill on the way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, creating the second privately owned and operated correctional institution in the state.
The legislation approved last month authorizes Ohio to put North Central Correctional Institution in Marion up for sale on the condition it's still run as a prison.
The sale will allow the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to put the proceeds toward programs that provide an alternative to housing offenders in prisons, said agency spokeswoman JoEllen Smith.
The facility is currently state-owned but operated by Utah-based private prison company Management and Training Corp.
A second prison, Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, is owned and operated by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America.