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Mississippi Clergy Urge Governor to Take Back Control of Privately Run Prison

Mississippi Clergy Urge Governor to Take Back Control of Privately Run Prison

The Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, which includes Bishop Duncan Gray III, have drafted a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant urging the state to retake control of the East Mississippi Correctional Facility.

“The incentive for a for-profit prison is to house as many persons as possible,” Gray said. “The state has an incentive to use the private prisons. The incentive of the state is to reduce costs and the incentive for the private, for-profit is to increase profit. It becomes kind of a perfect storm.”

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