Company that ran Texas prison where inmates rioted says government canceled its contract

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A private company that operated a South Texas prison where an inmate riot left the facility uninhabitable says its contract with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has been canceled.

Utah-based Management & Training Corp. ran Willacy County Correctional Center, the site of last month's uprising. Spokesman Issa Arnita said in a statement Monday night that the bureau has canceled its contract because the prison population has dropped and the beds are no longer needed.

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All 2,834 inmates have been relocated to other facilities around Texas since the uprising, which MTC said was started because the prisoners wanted a transfer.

Arnita says MTC will work with the county to try to find another client for the facility.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman couldn't immediately confirm the cancellation but said he'd have more information Tuesday.