Ohio prepares to privatize some state prisons - BusinessWeek
David Kah will report to the same job in the same training kitchen at Ohio's 17-year-old state prison in Marion in January -- but much about his life will be changed
Kah is leaving the public payroll and taking a job with Management & Training Corp., the Centerville, Utah-based prison vendor that takes over operation of North Central Correctional Institution on Saturday. The longtime culinary arts instructor, who's 67, says he'll see significant reductions in pay and vacation days, but he's looking forward to the new operator's plans for his program.
Ohio turns over the keys to MTC at 10 p.m. Dec. 31, the start of the last shift before the management transfer. The prison is among five state facilities seeing management or operations changes that night in a consolidation and privatization effort by Republican Gov. John Kasich.
"Everybody's a little anxious," Kah said. "Any time you go from a union, unions are just a lot different, so when you work for the private guy they're going to do things a little different. But really I'm excited about it."