Metro Councilman wants Metro to stop using private prisons

Posted at 7:06 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 20:06:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Getting out of the private prison business won't be cheap for Metro. In fact, it'll cost the city $18 million to be exact.

Monday afternoon, Metro Councilman Freddie O'Connell revealed how much it could cost to end a contract with CoreCivic.

The financial report shows that it would cost the city more than $18 million to operate the facility and that doesn't include startup costs.

That being said, O'Connell would like to see the City and state move away from privatized prisons.

"When prison beds become profit centers implicit pressures emerge on everything from sentencing to wages and safety," O'Connell said.

The city's contract with CoreCivic ends in January.