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Mississippi using inmate labor to make repairs at Walnut Grove Correctional Facility
By clarionledger.com- Emily Wagster Pettus
Published: 09/25/2020

JACKSON, Miss. — The head of Mississippi's troubled prison system told lawmakers Thursday that the Department of Corrections intends to move some inmates out of a private prison and into a state-owned facility by mid-December.

Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the department is spending about $1.5 million and using inmate labor to make repairs to the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility so it can be reopened. Cain said a contractor submitted a $10 million bid to do the work on the facility in Leake County.

“We don't have $10 million. We used inmate labor and so forth," Cain told members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

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