Ky. Pulls Inmates Out of Privately Run Prison

It’s always a good day when CCA loses business, isn’t it? Now, if we can convince Vermont lawmakers that cost and recidivism rates would be both lower if they house prisoners in state facilities, it would be yet another step forward!


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has pulled out of a privately run prison in the eastern part of the state because of what state officials describe as budget concerns, leaving only out-of-state inmates at the facility.

The last Kentucky inmates at the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville left the facility June 14, said Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

The prison, owned and operated by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corp. of America, also houses about 560 inmates on contract for Vermont, which uses out-of-state prisons to alleviate overcrowding.

The decision to remove inmates from the Beattyville prison saves Kentucky $43.62 per inmate per day — about $23,500 a day when Kentucky’s inmate population at the prison was at its peak of just over 540 inmates.