YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In an effort to avert the contract termination for a private prison in the city of Youngstown, Mayor John McNally has penned letters to the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Department of Justice.
McNally is calling for the government entities to set up a “debriefing” to include Congressman Tim Ryan (D) Niles, Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, and other interested members of the Congressional delegation to find out why the contract with Correction Corporation of America (CCA) was terminated.
Termination of the contract means the facility in Youngstown will no longer house federal inmates and could force the closing of the prison if other corrections options are not realized.
McNally said in his letter that NEOCC has provided $180 million to the local economy and has been a “responsible..corporate citizen in Youngstown.”
McNally writes that NEOCC’s 400 employees and elected officials are “entitled” to hear the reasoning behind the decision not to renew the contract.
Officials announced earlier this week that the contract to house federal prisoners at the 2,016- bed facility on Hubbard Road will not be renewed in favor of facilities in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.