Private NE Ohio prison loses federal contract

YOUNSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – A spokesman with the federal Bureau of Prisons says a contract with a private prison in Youngstown for low-level offenders won’t be renewed.

The spokesman said Monday that inmates at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center will be moved to private prisons in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, and Hinton, Oklahoma, owned by GEO Group Inc., a company based in Boca Raton, Florida.

Northeast Ohio Correctional Center is owned by Nashville, Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America and currently houses more than 1,400 prisoners. The spokesman did not know why the contract was not renewed. Company officials didn’t respond to messages on Monday.

The spokesman didn’t know when the transfers would take place. He said that inmates close to the end of their sentences would likely be released.