Is a privately run state prison coming to a neighborhood near you?

The issue of privatizing New Hampshire prisons will be the topic of a series of panel discussions and documentary screenings between now and the end of the month.

The 45-minute film, “Billions Behind Bars,” explores the for-profit industry that is rapidly growing across the U.S – generating incredible revenue for shareholders and CEO’s from the incarceration of individuals.  Locally, New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is currently reviewing proposals from for-profit companies seeking to build and operate its state prisons.

Evidence shows that private prisons do not save money. In fact, they frequently cost states more than publicly operated facilities. They are more dangerous than publicly run prisons, and they raise key moral issues.  Questions to be discussed include whether the state faces an inherent conflict between allowing profit-making prisons to operate and a moral obligation to rehabilitate prisoners.

The events are free and open to the public.

The CNBC documentary “Billions Behind Bars,” will be shown courtesy of NHPrisonWatch, a group of organizations that oppose prison privatization. To learn more visit www.NHPrisonWatch.org.

  • Keene: Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Mabel Brown Room, Young Student Center, 229 Main St.
  • Concord: Nov. 27, 6 p.m. at the Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St.
  • Lancaster: Nov. 28, 6 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St.
  • Manchester: Nov. 29, 6 p.m. at the Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St.

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