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Vermont’s out-of-state inmates will move to a private Mississippi prison in October following months of criticism about the conditions prisoners faced at a state-run facility in Pennsylvania. The move will affect the 228 Vermont inmates housed at SCI Camp Hill in Cumberland County, where the Vermont Department of Corrections’ commissioners say they sent prisoners to avoid overcrowding at in-state facilities.
Vermont paid about $72 per inmate per day while contracting with Pennsylvania, but the contract required payment for a minimum of 250 inmates even if the beds weren’t filled.
The new contract signed with CoreCivic, which operates Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi, is for a two-year term with the option of one two-year extension. The Vermont Department of Corrections will have available 350 beds in the more than 2,600-bed facility, according to a news release issued by the department.
There is no minimum headcount requirement in Mississippi, the department stated Wednesday in their announcement of the CoreCivic contract. The state will pay $71 per day per inmate during the contract’s first year, and $72.99 per day per inmate in year two. If the contract is renewed for a third and fourth year, the per diem cost will go up to $75.04 and then $77.15.
Vermont officials began searching for a new contract earlier this year after several inmate deaths at SCI Camp Hill and complaints about conditions and transparency drew scrutiny from criminal justice advocates and lawmakers. Vermont Defender General Matt Valerio, whose department houses the Prisoners Rights Office, said as far as he can tell, Vermont’s inmates are “happy to get out of there.”
Vermont prisoners were housed from 2004 to 2015 in facilities run by CoreCivic, then known as Corrections Corporation of America, mainly in Kentucky and Arizona.
Earlier this month, the Vermont branch of the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns about the rumored contract negotiations with CoreCivic. Executive Director James Lyall called it a “new low.”
“The same concerns that motivated Vermont to terminate the Pennsylvania contract apply in full to this latest contract, and Vermonters should question the wisdom of moving inmates from an unacceptable situation to one that is likely to be even worse,” Lyall said.
The ACLU stated that CoreCivic has a long history of civil rights abuses and financial fraud. In 2013, the ACLU branch filed a lawsuit against the Corrections Corporation of America for the release of documents related to the mistreatment of Vermont prisoners.
Vermont’s Attorney General T.J. Donovan also voiced his concern in social media posts on Sept. 13 about Vermont contracting again with a private prison company.
“While I strongly oppose sending Vermonters to a private prison, my office is obligated under state regulations to review any state contract, not to substance, but to ensure compliance with state regulations,” Donovan wrote.
Valerio said the Rhode Island facility, which is privately operated with the oversight of board members who are appointed by the mayor of Central Falls, had some of the same issues as Pennsylvania’s facility, including that it is a facility meant for short-term stays.
Sears said he hoped legislators could create law that will help bring all inmates back to Vermont in the next three to four years. “I’m not a big fan of a private prison,” Sears said. “I would prefer to have them all back in Vermont and run by the Vermont state Department of Corrections, but it’s just not realistic right now.”