Corrections Corporation of America Brings More than 400 New Jobs to Mississippi with Adams County Correctional Center

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We believe our ability to immediately provide a facility capable of meeting the capacity requirements of the BOP, combined with our commitment to providing quality service, were important factors in obtaining this award

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) , the nation's largest provider of corrections management services to federal, state and local government, announced today that it is creating more than 400 new jobs in the state of Mississippi with its Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Miss.

The company has been awarded a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to house up to 2,567 federal inmates at the recently completed CCA owned $128 million facility and expects during the third quarter of 2009 to begin receiving criminal alien offenders (low-security illegal immigrants who committed offenses in the United States and will be returned to their country of origin upon completion of their sentence).

"We believe our ability to immediately provide a facility capable of meeting the capacity requirements of the BOP, combined with our commitment to providing quality service, were important factors in obtaining this award," said John Ferguson, CCA chief executive officer.

CCA currently houses more than 8,500 BOP inmates at five company-owned and operated facilities: California City Correctional Center , Cibola County Correctional Center , Eden Detention Center , McRae Correctional Facility and Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. The Adams County project represents CCA's fourth correctional facility in Mississippi, where the company has done business for more than 10 years and currently employs more than 1,000 residents. Another 400 Mississippians, most expected to hail from the southwest area of the state, will be employed at the new facility in a variety of areas, including facility management, health services, inmate programs, maintenance and security.

"This is a momentous development for Adams County, its surrounding communities and the entire state of Mississippi," said Gov. Haley Barbour. "For more than a decade, and especially during these troubled economic times, CCA has remained a viable partner with state and local governments, filling a public need and providing good-paying jobs to Mississippians. Now, bringing a federal contract to our state represents yet another success in the making of this important public-private partnership in corrections."

As a company-owned facility, each year CCA will contribute an estimated $1.8 million in utility payments and $1.2 million in property taxes, along with sales taxes from purchasing local goods and patronizing local services.

"This is an especially timely development, given the national economic landscape," said Damon Hininger, CCA president. "Even during these challenging times, CCA continues providing a needed public service with pride."

Tony Grande, CCA chief development officer, added, "We are extending career opportunities to hard-working individuals in a recession-resistant industry that, with our company, has a 25-year record of success. Once the facility is operational, CCA will be one of the largest employers in the county. These jobs will offer a very attractive federal wage determination salary, health benefits and a 401 (k)."

Vance Laughlin has been named warden of Adams County Correctional Center. He began his corrections career in 1988 with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and joined CCA in 2004 as assistant warden at the company's Central Arizona Detention Center in Florence, Ariz. In 2006, he was promoted to warden at CCA's Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga. Since September, Laughlin has been on the ground in Natchez, Miss., overseeing administrative functions and ramp-up preparations at the Adams County facility.

"Adams County Correctional Center will maintain CCA's high standards for facility operations, community engagement and responsible corporate stewardship," Laughlin said. "I am proud to call Adams County my new professional home - and even prouder that this is a new CCA community."

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About CCA
CCA is the nation's largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 85,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. CCA specializes in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies. In addition to providing the fundamental residential services relating to inmates, our facilities offer a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. These services are intended to reduce recidivism and to prepare inmates for their successful re-entry into society upon their release. CCA also provides health care (including medical, dental and psychiatric services), food services and work and recreational programs. To learn more about CCA, visit and online news site

Louise Grant, spokesperson
Corrections Corporation of America
(615) 263-3106 or (615) 289-4298

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