State pulls 250 inmates from private prison

Published: Jun. 8, 2009 at 6:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2009 at 6:39 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's prison commissioner says the state will remove about 250 inmates from the private prison where two men recently escaped amid a string of security failures.

But Corrections Commissioner Richard Allen said Monday that money - not the threat of additional escapes - was behind the decision.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Allen said his agency can't afford to continue housing 250 inmates at the Perry County Detention Center.

An executive at LCS Corrections Inc., which runs the prison, said he knew of the state's plan.

But he said the company was told the state could place twice as many inmates at the private prison next year if lawmakers approve funding.

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