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Ky. Gov. orders women moved from private prison

400 female inmates will be transfered after allegations of sexual misconduct by male officers

Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s governor has ordered some 400 female inmates removed from a corporate-run prison after allegations of sexual misconduct by male guards.

Gov. Steve Beshear ordered the women moved from Otter Creek Correctional Complex to a state-run prison starting by July 1.

The move comes four months after the Kentucky Department of Corrections called for security improvements at the prison in a report on 18 alleged cases of sexual misconduct by guards there.

The prison is operated by Nashville, Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America.

Corrections officials in Hawaii removed 165 inmates from Otter Creek in July. They cite safety concerns after women inmates from Hawaii complained that they had been sexually assaulted by male guards.