YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Later this week, more answers are expected as to why the federal government didn’t renew a lucrative contract with the private prison on Youngstown’s East Side.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally, Congressman Tim Ryan, Senator Sherrod Brown and others all plan to discuss why they are ending with the prisons bureau.
Congressman Tim Ryan said that the move seems counter to what the government has said it wants to do.
“We’ve obviously made the argument that if the federal government is going to be spending money on prisons they should be spending it in communities that need the economic impact,” said Ryan.
“I don’t want to portray this as a total catastrophe,” McNally added. “We still have some wriggle room.”
Owned by the Corrections Corporation of America, the contract was to house more than 1,500 federal prisoners. Losing it could jeopardize the jobs of about 400 employees and cost the city and schools more than $1 million in tax revenue each year.