Three Companies Bid to Run Women's Prison

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Three out-of-state companies have submitted bids to run the state women's prison in North Las Vegas, where inmates last month complained about the way the current company manages operations.

The state Purchasing Division got proposals from Civigenics Inc. of Marlborough, Mass.; Cornell Cos. of Houston, Texas; and Management and Training Corp. of Centerville, Utah.

Purchasing Officer Kim Perondi said Tuesday a five-member team of state officials will evaluate the proposals and discuss them May 14.

Corrections Corp. of America, which built and has operated the 500-inmate Southern Nevada Women's Facility since 1997, is not renewing its contract. The contract expires Oct. 1.

The purchasing division offered three options when it asked for bids from private companies. The companies were asked to bid to run the entire facility, to run just the prison or to run just the medical programs.

Perondi said the bids have to be studied to see what the three companies are seeking. Bid prices are confidential until a contract is awarded.

The state Department of Corrections will have a chance to analyze the bids and compare them with what it would cost the state to run the prison. Corrections Director Jackie Crawford already has said she wants to compete with the private companies.

The 215 women inmates who signed an April 4 petition complaining about Corrections Corp. of America and sent it to Gov. Kenny Guinn, the Legislature and the Department of Corrections want the state to take over operations of the prison.