Ky. to walk away from last private prison

Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is not renewing a contract with private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America for a facility in the central part of the state, closing the door for the first time in three decades on outside companies incarcerating inmates for the state.

The decision announced Tuesday means almost 800 state inmates at the Marion Adjustment Center in St. Mary will be moved to other state prisons, county jails or halfway houses.

The contract with the Nashville, Tenn.-based company expires Sunday. The state will have 120 days to move all inmates to other facilities.

The move is the latest in a series since 2008. At that point, Kentucky had inmates in three prisons run by CCA. The state pulled out of Lee Adjustment Center in 2010 and Otter Creek Correctional Center in 2012.