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Bids needed for private contract work in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Louisiana's corrections secretary says he will require bidding for private contracts to run parish work-release programs.

Jimmy LeBlanc says that a recent controversy in St. Tammany Parish convinced him a better selection process is needed.

Sheriff Jack Strain shut down the program run by Northshore Workforce LLC after some inmates escaped and others died. One inmate escaped and allegedly kidnapped and raped his former girlfriend after she called Northshore to report that he had texted her, saying he was coming after her.

The program was run by Strain's campaign treasurer and a group of political supporters.

Reports by The New Orleans Advocate and WWL-TV also exposed favoritism toward certain contractors and lax supervision of inmates.

The state Inspector General's Office is investigating Northshore.

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