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City Desk

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the company that runs several prisons housing D.C. inmates, is finding that sometimes its bars aren’t made of gold. In the March/April 2001 issue of Correctional News, a publication for corrections-industry professionals, a story on the company trumpets in its headline that “CCA Wants More People in Prison.” Apparently, the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, Ohio, operated by CCA, is having trouble finding new inmates. Since 1997, the prison has had a contract to house about 1,200 D.C. prisoners. But, though conditions at the facility have improved some since two inmates were murdered there in 1998, the District’s contract with CCA is set to expire later this year. Already, the inmate population at Northeast Ohio Correctional has been whittled down to about 800, and soon the federal Bureau of Prisons will take in the remaining prisoners. If CCA officials can’t fill their cells in Youngstown soon, Correctional News reports, the company will have to start handing out pink slips. —Annys Shin