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Options for exprison site in Leflore County studied

prison-d7f96423c0e1ee1b55c455b9266cf9d28a3d17a5-s6-c30GREENWOOD — Leflore County officials are looking for possible uses for the shuttered former Delta Correctional Facility after a bill to authorize placing state inmates there died in the Legislature.

House Bill 1044 died in the Senate after Corrections Committee Chairman Sampson Jackson, DPreston, declined to bring it up for a vote.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the bill would have authorized — though not required — the Mississippi Department of Corrections to reopen the facility to house state inmates.

The former Delta Correctional Facility, a 1,300inmate prison, was run by private operator Corrections Corporation of America before it was closed in January 2012. A portion of it continues to be used as the Leflore County Jail, though the majority of the space has sat empty.

 

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