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State sets final day for prisoners at MAC

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Sept. 30 is the last day the state of Kentucky will house prisoners at Marion Adjustment Center, according to Jennifer Brislin, communications director for the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
The state announced June 26 that it would be ending its contract with MAC, which is the only private prison where the state is housing prisoners.
State officials said they wanted to have all the prisoners out of MAC within 120 days of the announcement.
On the day of that announcement, 807 prisoners were being housed at MAC. As of Friday, MAC was housing 217 prisoners.
Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, reported that the transition has been going smoothly.
So far, 365 MAC prisoners have been transferred to DOC facilities, 46 were transferred to county jails and 27 were transferred to halfway houses, according to Lamb.
Another 97 MAC inmates have been released, she added. Nine completed their sentences, 80 of them were paroled, four received mandatory re-entry supervision, three received shock probation, and one received home incarceration.
State officials said the reason for ending the contract with MAC is because they can house all state prisoners in county jails and the Department of Corrections’ prison. The need for fewer beds was attributed to early release policies put in place under House Bill 463, which was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Beshear in 2011.