Utah group gets Miss. prison contracts

Published 06/07 2012 09:37AM

Updated 06/07 2012 09:40AM

ABC 4 News
JACK ELLIOTT JR.
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Management & Training Corporation, the country's third largest private prison operator, will manage three facilities in Mississippi.

On Thursday, the Centerville, Utah, company says it signed a 10-year contract to operate the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near the Lost Gap community beginning July 2, Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove on July 9 and the Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs on Aug. 13.

In April, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said his agency and GEO Group of Boca Raton, Fla., agreed to end their management contract at the three prisons.

Details of the MTC deal were not made public.

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Online:

Management & Training Corporation, http://www.mtctrains.com

Mississippi Department of Corrections, http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us

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