Private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America is looking to get into animal shelters.
A Gainesville, Fla. television network reports that Citrus County will consider a proposal from CCA that would help build a new shelter next to a CCA-run jail.
A county spokesman explained the gist of the proposal to the network:
Phillips says, "The county pays CCA a per diem rate per inmate. So CCA's proposal is to increase that per diem rate to cover financing."
The proposal suggests upping that per diem rate by $5.25, meaning each inmate could now cost the county just over $74 per month. If the new facility is built, it will be on county property right next door to the jail. The CCA and the county agree this could be a benefit because inmates could help with the upkeep.
GTN reports that the "proposal says the company will handle the logistics and building the facility, but the county has to foot the $2.8 million bill."
CCA spokesman Jonathan Burns tells the network that many CCA facilities have programs that "allow inmates to work with animals and animal shelters and actually working with them, training them, kind of preparing them to be ready to go home to an adoptive family."
We've asked CCA whether the inmates would get paid for their "upkeep" at the shelter. So far, we haven't heard back.