Inmate dental care contract goes to higher bidder

Inmate dental care contract goes to higher bidder


NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Correction has awarded a new contract for state inmate dental care to a company which submitted a bid $16 million higher than a competitor.

The wife of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield works for the winning bidder, although not in an executive capacity and not in Tennessee.

Only Centurion and Corizon submitted bids.

According to The Tennessean, Latrese Schofield's employment was not disclosed in Centurion's $241 million bid.

The Department of Correction said there was no conflict and said the commissioner recused himself and did not influence the decision.

Corizon has filed a formal protest of the awarding of the contract with the state Protest Committee.

Derrick Schofield has routinely disclosed his wife's employment in state ethics reports.

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