Over 100 hit unemployment line due to CCA layoffs

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story said that 185 workers would be without a job at CCA, based on initial numbers from a federal WARN notice. The number actually laid off was approximately 103, according to CCA.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Sunday was the first day off the job for about 103 workers at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, according to Steve Owen with the Corrections Corporation of America.

Effective Sunday, Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA, no longer has the contract to house federal prison at the center.

Owen said that CCA has worked closely with employees affected by the layoffs and that over 30 employees have either transferred permanently or are working on temporary assignment at other CCA facilities.

Only about 580 inmates are at the facility now, as some have already been moved to prisons in Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

CCA pumps millions of dollars in taxes to the city and school district.

Mayor John McNally says budget cuts will be needed due to the loss of the income tax revenue from the workers.

We were trying to estimate how many employees we’d need; federal inmates gone; as we got closer, i was getting inquiries, actual number closer to 103;

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