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The Kentucky Department of Corrections will not be renewing its contract with Marion Adjustment Center.
Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown announced Tuesday afternoon that the state will end its relationship with the private prison in St. Mary after their current contract expires.
When the current contract ends, the DOC will have 120 days to transfer the 794 inmates housed at MAC to other facilities, according to a press release from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The DOC will work out a transition schedule with MAC's parent company, Corrections Corporation of America.
Brown said in his announcement that House Bill 463, passed in 2011, created policy changes that allowed more inmates to be released. As a result, the state will be able to house all its prisoners in DOC facilities, county jails and halfway houses.
“Through the collaborative efforts of administration officials, legislative leaders, and local communities, we have made real, sustained progress in reducing the number of inmates while better preparing those who are incarcerated to re-enter society,” Brown said in the press release.
State officials estimate the change will save the state between $1.5 and $2.5 million per year.
For more on the announcement, click here http://www.justice.ky.gov/pressreleases/062513PR.htm
More information will be reported as it becomes available.