California sending 2,260 inmates to out of state
prisons due to overcrowding
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
October 20, 2006
More than 2,000 California prison inmates will begin moving out
of state to private prisons next month, the California Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced today.
The department has signed contracts worth more than $51 million
annually with two companies that operate private prisons to house
2,260 medium-security California inmates.
"This is a major step toward reducing the historic levels
of overcrowding that is causing major safety issues for prison
staff, inmates and the public,'' CDCR Secretary James Tilton said
in a statement today. "The governor clearly recognizes the
dangers posed by this crisis and has ordered the department to
respond aggressively and appropriately.
These contracts will allow California to house inmates out of
state in a safe and cost effective manner while creating relief
inside our prisons.'' California will begin sending inmates out
of state as soon as November. The GEO Group Inc., based in Florida,
will house up to 1,260 inmates at the New Castle Correctional
Facility in New Castle, Ind.
The Correctional Corporation of America, headquartered in Nashville,
Tenn., will house as many as 1,000 inmates distributed among prisons
in Arizona, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Each company will be paid $63 per inmate per day. GEO Group's
contract is worth approximately $28.7 million annually. The Correctional
Corporation of America's annual contract is approximately $22.9
California officials expect that the transferred prisoners will
all volunteer to move. The transfers are expected to be completed
by March and the department wants to transfer an additional 5,000
prisoners as soon as contracts with private prison operators can
CDCR officials have inspected all of the private prisons where
California inmates will be housed in recent weeks. They all comply
with California state law and CDCR regulations regarding inmate
conditions, according to the department.
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