MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is decrying a state plan to transfer inmates currently being held in Pennsylvania to a prison in Mississippi.

More than 200 Vermont inmates will be transferred to Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi following reports of abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania's Camp Hill prison. The Times Argus reports the ACLU is asking state lawmakers to reduce its prison population to end reliance on out-of-state prisons.

The ACLU says it is concerned about the new prison operator, CoreCivic, a private prison company that has been party to dozens of nationwide lawsuits.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard says she can't comment on the state's plan to move inmates out of state because it has not been finalized.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/