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480 Inmates from Puerto Rico Bound for U.S. Prison (Jan 03, 2012)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico will send as many as 480 male inmates to an Oklahoma prison under an agreement announced Tuesday with a U.S. corrections company.

A company press release says at least 240 inmates will be sent to the Cimarron prison in Cushing, Oklahoma, in February under a contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The remaining inmates will be sent there by midyear. The two-year contract can be renewed for two additional one-year terms.

Cimarron currently houses 650 inmates.

It is unclear how much the contract is worth, or how the inmates will be selected.

Spokespeople with Corrections Corporation of America and the Puerto Rico Corrections Department did not return calls for comment.


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