Local owners baffled by loss of fed contract

Owners of a local business are baffled by the loss of a multi-million dollar federal contract for providing residential re-entry services in the Tri-City area.

On Friday, the federal Bureau of Prisons awarded a $6.7 million bid to Dismas Charities, a Louisville, Ky.-based company that operates state and federal re-entry programs in 13 states. The company plans to build a 7,500-square-foot, 48-bed facility in Kearney. Dismas Vice President Steven Vice says the company expects the facility to be finished in January.

But Marc Hultine and Michelle Hultine believe the award should have gone to Bristol Station Residential Reentry Center. The Hultines own Western Alternative Corrections, 101 S. Hastings Ave., which oversees Bristol Station.

Michelle said the award letter claimed Dismas’ proposal was “the best value to the government,” but she said the proposal for Bristol Station was substantially lower in cost.

Marc said the scoring criteria are past performance, technical proposal and cost.

“All we ask for is a fair and equitable process,” he said..


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