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Vt. inmates have Kentucky prison to themselves

Beatyville, Kentucky - June 23, 2010

Vermonters now have a for-profit prison in Kentucky all to themselves.

A budget crunch in Kentucky is forcing that state to remove inmates from the Lee Adjustment Center, which is run by the Corrections Corporation of America. That leaves only 600+ Vermonters housed in the facility. Before the pull-out, Vermont offenders shared the cell block with convicts from the federal level and other states.

Vt. Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito said, "I think the comfort would be for the family member back in Vermont to know that when their son goes out-of-state, they're not mixing with an offender who may be more serious in terms of their criminal history."

But CCA has not said if it will move new inmates in or shuttle the Vermonters to another facility.

Vermont wants to reduce reliance on private prisons using transitional housing, home confinement, and electronic monitoring to free up space in Vermont cells.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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