Adams County Correctional Center

Adams County Correctional Center
Location 20 Hobo Fork Road
Natchez, Mississippi
Status open
Capacity 2443
Managed by Corrections Corporation of America
Director Barbara Wagner

Adams County Correctional Center (ACCC) is a prison for men located at 20 Hobo Fork Road, unincorporated Adams County, Mississippi, near Natchez,[1] operated by the Corrections Corporation of America under contract with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons.[2] The facility has a capacity of 2443 inmates. Most of them are illegal immigrants charged with re-entering the United States after a deportation.[3] CCA has owned the prison since 2007.[4]

According to an FBI affidavit dated to 2012, the majority of those incarcerated were Mexican nationals, and the largest group of prisoners were the Paisas.[5]


In May 2012 a riot at the facility claimed the life of Corrections Officer Catlin Hugh Carithers and left sixteen other staff members and three prisoners injured. Twenty-five employees were held hostage during the disturbance, which was ultimately quelled by facility staff with assistance from the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[6][7] According to a company statement, the fatality was the second time an employee had "lost his life to inmate assault."[8] A federal court affidavit filed by the FBI claims the riots were triggered by protests against the abysmal food and medical care provided at the facility.[9][10]

In August 2016, Justice Department officials announced that the FBOP would be phasing out its use of contracted facilities, on the grounds that private prisons provided less safe and less effective services with no substantial cost savings. The agency expects to allow current contracts on its thirteen remaining private facilities to expire.[11]


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Coordinates: 31°33′24″N 91°13′17″W / 31.55656°N 91.22142°W / 31.55656; -91.22142

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