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Lawmakers ask Beshear to end prison contract

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Nine state legislators are urging Gov.
Steve Beshear to end Kentucky's contract with a private women's
prison in eastern Kentucky that's the site of sexual assault
allegations.

The Courier-Journal reports that House Speaker Greg Stumbo was
of the signers to a letter sent Friday.

Beshear spokesman Jay Blanton says the state has no other place
to house the 425 female inmates being held at the Otter Creek
Correctional Center in Wheelwright.

In the past three years, at least four workers at Otter Creek
have been convicted of having sex with inmates.

Steve Owen, a spokesman for Corrections Corporation of America,
which runs the prison, said in a statement Friday that the company
would be willing to meet with any legislators to address their
concerns.
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