From The Florida Independent, 05/02/2011:

“… The Florida House and Senate agreed to a plan that would privatize state prisons in an 18-county region that includes the southern part of the state — the entire area below a line from Manatee County in the west to Indian River County in the east. … Under the proposal, the Department of Corrections could either award the entire region to a single company, or could divide the region into smaller pieces.”