Adams County private prison deal closed

NATCHEZ — A contract that allows the Adams County Correctional Facility to house about 2,500 federal inmates has been signed and officials say the deal will bring more than $1.2 million in property taxes and 400 jobs to Mississippi.

The deal between Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America, the owner of the private prison, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons was closed on Wednesday.

The $128 million prison has been empty since its construction in December. But Warden Vance Laughlin says inmates will now begin arriving in late July and fill the prison by December.

Gov. Haley Barbour said the contract will bring hundreds of jobs to Mississippi and Laughlin said he’s planning a job fair to showcase openings at the facility.

The Associated Press, via The Clarion-Ledger 4/2/9