Officials want more info on prison that would employ up to 400

GREENWOOD — Leflore County officials are hoping to get more details from a Utah company seeking to reopen the shuttered Delta Correctional Facility.

Management and Training Corporation, based in Centerville, Utah, submitted a bid to the federal government last summer to use the former prison, closed since January 2012, to house up to 1,600 minimum-security federal inmates.

Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the prison would employ 350 to 400 people.

MTC spokeswoman Issa Arnita said that it is too early to provide details about the contract.

“All I can say is that we’ve submitted a proposal. I can’t say a whole lot of things at this point,” Arnita said.

Abraham said MTC representatives “assured us that they will send us the detailed information and whatever it took to assure us of the building of the new jail.”

Abraham said that as soon as MTC receives a contract from the federal government, the county will be able to negotiate its own contract with the corrections company.

“The county will benefit greatly with the partnership of the Department of Corrections and MTC,” he said. “The county will get a state-of-the-art jail at no cost to the taxpayers as well as approximately 350 well-paying jobs and all the collateral benefits that come with operating a facility of that size.”

The deal would also require MTC to build a new 150-bed jail for the county because federal rules do not allow federal inmates to be housed in the same compound as a county jail.

Leflore County has located the county jail at the site under a lease-purchase agreement with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The contract with MTC is being negotiated by the MDOC, which closed the Delta prison because officials said they had a surplus of space.

Abraham said the new jail would be built near the Leflore County Justice Center. The Justice Center, located next to the current jail, houses the sheriff’s department and justice court.

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