CCA Appoints Wardens for Graceville and Moore Haven Correctional Facilities

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We are confident that we have chosen extremely capable and highly respected professionals to lead these facilities

CCA has named long-time corrections professionals with the company as wardens of two Florida facilities it will begin managing in coming months.

In April, the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) awarded management contracts to CCA for Moore Haven Correctional Facility in Moore Haven, Fla., located in Glades County, and Graceville Correctional Facility in Graceville, Fla., located in Jackson County. The facilities will officially transition to CCA on Aug. 1 and Sept. 26, respectively.

“We are confident that we have chosen extremely capable and highly respected professionals to lead these facilities,” said Rick Seiter, CCA chief corrections officer. “In continuing our 15-year partnership with the State, we look forward to these wardens applying their CCA background and Florida leadership experiences at their new assignments.”

Laura E. Bedard has been named warden of the 985-bed Moore Haven Correctional Facility. She has nearly 30 years of experience in corrections, beginning her career in 1982. Bedard taught in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University from 1989 to 2005, specializing in women and crime, mental health and offender treatment. She earned a Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University in 1998 and served as the state’s first female deputy secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections in 2005.

In 2008, Bedard joined CCA as assistant warden of programs at Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy, Fla., where she was responsible for education, medical and mental health, food service, chaplaincy services, drug treatment and recreational programming. Bedard has contributed to many publications and books, and has won a range of distinctions from the American Criminal Justice Association and the Florida Department of Corrections, among others.

Jason T. Ellis has been named warden of the 1,884-bed Graceville Correctional Facility in Graceville, Fla., located in Jackson County. With more than 17 years in corrections, he began in 1993 as a correctional officer at the CCA-managed Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, Tenn., where he also served as assistant shift commander and shift commander. He later served as chief of security at both the formerly CCA-managed Mountain View Correctional Facility in Spruce Pine, NC and the CCA-managed Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto, Fla.

Ellis was later promoted to assistant warden at Citrus and also served in that role at CCA’s Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Woodville, Miss. In 2006, he returned to Citrus County Detention Facility as warden. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University as well as a number of professional certifications from several departments of corrections and related organizations.

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 87,000 beds, in 19 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. For more, visit and

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(615) 263-3106 or (615) 289-4298

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