CCA to Manage Federal Prisoners and Detainees at California City Prison

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California City Correctional Center to remain open

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We are very pleased that CCA is able to meet the detention needs of the federal government by managing a portion of their population at California City Correctional Center.

CCA, the nation's leader in partnership corrections, will begin managing federal prisoners and detainees in October, 2010 at the company's 2,304-bed California City Correctional Center under an Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGA) with California City, California. Having this new federal population will allow the facility to remain open, says CCA leadership.

CCA anticipates managing up to 1,200 U.S. Marshals Service populations at the facility by the third quarter of 2011.

"We are very pleased that CCA is able to meet the detention needs of the federal government by managing a portion of their population at California City Correctional Center," said Damon Hininger, CCA president and CEO. "This month we also completed the development of our new 1,072-bed Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, Nevada, which we now own and operate for the United States Marshals Service. We greatly appreciate their continued confidence in CCA as a strong partner."

Warden Barbara Wagner at California City is grateful for the community support she and her employees have received. "Kern County and California City residents and elected officials have been continually supportive of us during this time of uncertainty while CCA sought another government partner for our facility. CCA and the employees at California City Correctional Center are so proud of the outpouring of local support. We are thrilled that this fine facility will remain operational," she said. Wagner said many of the California City employees transferred to other CCA facilities during this past year to continue their career employment with CCA, including numerous employees who transferred to the Nevada Southern facility.

Having opened California City Correctional Center in 1999 with a contract to serve the Federal Bureau of Prisons, CCA announced in January of this year that its government partner had awarded its contract to another corrections management provider, leading CCA to announce the potential closure of the facility on October 1, 2010.

About CCA
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 company-owned facilities, with approximately 90,000 beds, in 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment, knowing that positive behaviors learned in prison means these individuals are less likely to re-commit crimes.

CCA has operated prisons as a partner to federal, state and local government for more than 25 years. CCA facilities follow the strictest accreditation standards of the American Correctional Association, the oldest, largest and most respected correctional organization in the world. CCA combines the strict oversight from government with the efficiency of business – and that means safe, humanely-operated prisons that provide cost savings to taxpayers. Forbes magazine has named CCA as one of “America’s Best Big Companies" and Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine ranked CCA as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Corporate Citizens”.

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Louise Grant
CCA Spokesperson

Leonard Lopez
California City Correctional Center Spokesperson


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