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Adams County prison prepares employees for closure as federal agency moves inmates out
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May 7, 2019 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors expressed concerns Monday about the potential loss of jobs at the private prison near Natchez but expressed confidence it’ll continue to operate after its federal prisoners move out this summer.
Prison owner CoreCivic announced last week that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is not renewing the contract it’s had the past 10 years for the Adams County Correctional Center to hold inmates. This leaves uncertain the status of the 380 or so employees there as the BOP transfers inmates from the 2,232-bed prison. However, Adams County Supervisor Mike Lazarus said he expects CoreCivic will be able to contract another government entity to send prisoners there.
There has been speculation it could house state inmates or detainees held by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, but a CoreCivic spokesman said Monday the company is preparing to help “employees impacted by the closure” find other jobs.
Located about 12 miles east of Natchez on U.S. 84/98, the prison is one of Adams County’s largest employers. County Supervisor David Carter said local officials are “staying on top of it” and doing what they can to ensure jobs are saved.
CoreCivic announced May 1 that it lost its bid to renew the BOP contract that expires July 31 but was uncertain when inmates would be taken out. “CoreCivic will begin marketing the facility to other potential government partners as it works with the BOP to develop their transition plan,” according to a statement issued by the Nashville-based company formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America.
“At the same time, we are assisting our employees impacted by the closure, and will be working to provide them opportunities for transfer to other CoreCivic facilities and access to community employment resources,” company spokesman Amanda Gilchrist said Monday. However, she added, “We will continue to offer Adams County Correctional Center as a potential solution to meet the needs of other government partners.”
Since opening in 2009, the Adams County prison has been holding immigrants convicted of crimes and serving sentences before being deported. Built at a cost of $128 million, the prison in 2018 generated $60.9 million in revenues for CoreCivic from the Bureau of Prisons, according to the company.
A prison guard was killed there in a 2012 inmate riot. A federal report four years later was critical of its operations. That riot was cited by the U. S. Justice Department as an example of how private facilities have more security problems than government-run prisons and should not be used. However, the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration directive for the Bureau of Prisons to phase out the use of private prisons. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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