CoreCivic renews contract with Bureau of Prisons

Source: Jamie McGee, The Tennessean, November 15, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will extend a two-year contract with a CoreCivic prison, the Nashville-based company, formerly named Corrections Corporation of America, announced Tuesday. The contract renewal follows an August announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice in which it said the Bureau of Prisons was instructed to phase out contracts with private prison operators. The renewed contract is for the McRae Correctional Facility in McRae, Ga., a 1,978-bed facility owned by CoreCivic. Monthly payments will be made for 1,633 beds, down from the previous contract that included 1,780 beds. … Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates instructed the Bureau of Prisons to end or reduce contracts with privately run prisons in a memo she described on Aug. 18. She cited a decline in prison population and, in an attached document, concerns about safety and security in privately run facilities. “As each private prison contract reaches the end of its term, the bureau should either decline to renew that contract or substantially reduce its scope in a manner consistent with law and the overall decline of the bureau’s inmate population,” Yates said in the Aug. 18 statement. “This is the first step in the process of reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.” …