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Millen private prison brings jobs, cash
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When it began operations two years ago, Jenkins Correctional Center immediately became one of Jenkins County's largest employers. As private property of Corrections Corporation of America, it is also a big part of the county's tax base. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff
MILLEN - When Corrections Corporation of America built a private prison just outside Millen, officials hailed it as a boon to Jenkins County's economy, then suffering from unemployment hovering near 20 percent. Two years after the 1,250-bed, medium- and minimum-security Jenkins Correctional Center received its first inmates, Jenkins County's unemployment rate has improved to 14 percent. With virtually all boats rising post-recession, that May rate remained the second-highest among Georgia's 159 counties.
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