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Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus4/24/2012 4:58:40 pm PDT

If Romney will wants a better America, he can start here:

Rural Ky. town readies for private prison closure

After a sex scandal at a privately run prison in rural Kentucky, the state cut off the institution’s funding and now it’s shutting down — and that worries town officials in an impoverished Appalachian community where incarceration meant jobs and economic survival.

With Otter Creek Correctional Center set to close in the coming months, Mike Goeing, who runs Family Drugs of Wheelwright, sees pain ahead for his store and the other few remaining businesses in the town of about 1,200.

“It’s definitely going to hurt,” he said.

The prison, run by Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America, is set to close by this summer as Kentucky pulls its inmates out of the facility that was at the center of a sex scandal. It broke in 2009 when inmates accused prison staff of forcing them to trade sexual favors for privileges.

The prison became a casualty of budget cuts and a renewed effort by the state to push more non-violent drug offenders into rehabilitation instead of incarceration.


People in Wheelwright are hoping for word that another state will step in with a new batch of inmates, reopen the facility and rehire the employees.

“There aren’t a large number of businesses here anyway,” Goeing told The Associated Press.


So, the poor people in rural KY would rather have their (allegedly) abusive locals back in the business of sex-slavery private prisons because minimum wage is so glorious.

What would Ann Romney the high paid lobbyists do?