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Audit: Staff shortage, report errors at some private prisons

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Auditors say the nation's largest private prison provider has been operating some prisons in Tennessee short-staffed, hasn't send the state some reports and provided others with errors.

The Tennessee comptroller audit Tuesday addressed CoreCivic's lockups.

In a three-day-a-month sample between October 2016 and June 2017, auditors found Trousdale Turner Correctional Center and Whiteville Correctional Facility were consistently short-staffed, including fewer than the state-approved number of correctional officers.

The audit says 44 critical Trousdale posts were unstaffed in three different days in three months.

Auditors found errors in reports from Trousdale and Hardeman County Correctional Center, while Trousdale didn't provide half the signed shift rosters requested.

Amanda Gilchrist, spokeswoman for CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America, says there's still work to do at the almost-two-year-old Trousdale, but progress has been made.

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