Kentucky Ends Use of Private Prisons

Jul 1, 2013

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  A decision not to renew a contract with a Marion County prison means Kentucky  inmates will no longer be housed in private facilities. The state is ending contracts with two facilities in eastern and central Kentucky. 

 The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet's recently ended a contract with Corrections Corporations of America to save the state two million dollars at Marion County's Marion Adjustment Center.  Kentucky Justice and Public Safety spokesperson Jennifer Brislin says the state has 120 days to transfer the inmates from MAC.

“Inmates who are enrolled in substance abuse treatment at Marion Adjustment Center will continue. Either they will complete it a MAC before they leave the prison or they will be moved to a facility that has a substance abuse treatment program.”

Other private facilities continue to operate in the commonwealth however they house inmates from other states.