The country’s largest private prison operators (who also operate many of the BOP’s Residential Reentry Centers, or RRC’s) must have been pleased to learn that the BOP is considering some serious consolidation of its RRC contracts.  That is, if the idea didn’t come from them in the first place.

On September 20, 2017, listed : RFI-200-1396-NA (Alternative Procurement Methods for RRC Services, Home Confinement Services, and Day Reporting Centers).  The essential purpose of this solicitation appears to be to provide justification for further consolidation of the lucrative RRC contracts into a few (three, perhaps?) hands.  Here’s what it says (emphasis mine):

“The Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) is currently examining alternative procurement methods for Residential Reentry Center services to include In-House services, Day Reporting services and Home Confinement Services. One option that is currently being examined is to solicit for all services under one procurement for large geographic areas (e.g. judicial district, state, or region), and to require that the successful offeror provide all services within the specified geographic area.”

One has to wonder if the recent closures and contract non-renewals of independent RRC facilities is paving the way for regional consolidation.  On the other hand, in the last 180 days, at least 36 individual RRC contract solicitations or presolicitations have been posted or reopened on (see list of locations below).  Some of these are in the same location as recent closures.  Out with the old and in with the new, perhaps?  NCIA will continue to examine RRC contract procurement, budgeting, and (apparently very successful) lobbying.

Open RRC solicitations (Presolicitations and Solicitations posted or reopened last 180 days on, as of 11/3/17):

Flint, MI

Wilmington, DE

St. Louis, MO

Durham, NC

Laredo, TX

El Paso, TX

Broward County, FL

Pensacola, FL

Baltimore, MD

Louisville, KY (female)

Lexington, KY

Rochester, NY

El Centro, CA

Anchorage, AK

Buffalo, NY

Kalamazoo, MI

Los Angeles, CA

Peoria, IL

Columbus, OH

Springfield, IL

Corpus Christie, TX

Miami-Dade County, FL

Farmington, MO

Kansas City, KS

Detroit, MI

Jackson, MS

Macon, GA

AZ/CO/NM/UT border area

Ocala, FL

Bozeman, MT

Hutchins, TX

Southern District, IL

Mitchell, SD

Chicago, IL

Duluth, MN

Champaign, IL