Private prison in SW Miss. should be ready by December

Officials say construction is about 60

percent complete at a new private prison in southwest Mississippi.

The facility will be run by Nashville-based Corrections

Corporation of America and will hold low- to medium-security

federal prisoners.

Senior project manager Bobby Smith says construction on the $105

million facility started in July 2007 and should be finished by

early December.

The new prison sits on 80 acres just off U.S. Highway 84 near

Natchez. Its four buildings will house up to 1,600 inmates.

About 325 prison employees are set to start work in January.