Community Braces for Private Prison Shutdown

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ST. MARY, Ky. (AP) -- A central Kentucky community is bracing for the loss of 166 jobs along with tax revenue and free inmate work done for the county as the state's last private prison prepares to close.

Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly says the shutdown of the Marion Adjustment Center in the St. Mary community later this year will spending power of corrections officers away from local stores.

The state announced last month it would not renew its contract for the prison owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America. Instead, state officials project a $1.5 million to $2.5 million per year savings by putting the inmates in existing state facilities, jails and half-way houses.

CCA spokesman Steve Owen says the prison provides a good return on taxpayer money.

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