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Alaskan prisoners heading home from Colo. jail

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Alaskan prisoners housed in the Hudson Correctional Facility in northeast Colorado are heading home to new quarters after a temporary stay while a new jail was being built.

The move to a new Alaskan prison in September could leave 1,200 empty prison beds empty and 200 jobs lost in a region of Colorado starved for jobs.

According to the Greeley Tribune, the GEO Group, a private company that runs the four-year-old medium security prison, could be left without any customers.

So far, there is no word on any further contracts with other states, including Colorado's Department of Corrections.

The 1,250-bed correctional center was built in 2009 by Cornell Companies, but later was taken over by the GEO Group, which runs private prisons throughout the world.

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