TROUSDALE COUNTY, Tenn. — The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, has agreed to finance, design, build and operate a 2,552-bed correctional facility in Trousdale County, Tenn. According to a release issued by CCA, the facility will meet the responsibilities of a separate intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) between Trousdale County and the State of Tennessee regarding correctional services.
CCA expects the facility, which will be operated under a five-year contract, to be completed in late 2015. Current CCA estimates put the total cost of construction at $140 million, of which approximately $31 million has so far been invested.
In a release, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCA, Damon Hininger said the firm is pleased to partner with Trousdale County and will work closely with both county and state officials on construction and activation of the new facility.
“For more than twenty years, CCA and the State of Tennessee have worked in close partnership as CCA has provided safe, secure corrections management solutions and high quality rehabilitation and re-entry programming that have proven to reduce recidivism, resulting in taxpayer savings,” Hininger said. “The State of Tennessee is a long-standing, valued partner of ours, and we are pleased to expand and strengthen our partnership with the new correctional facility in Trousdale County."
CCA already owns and operates the state’s Whiteville Correctional Facility in Whiteville, and manages South Central Correctional Center in Clifton, Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville and Hardeman County Correctional Facility also in Whiteville.
In addition to these facilities, the company owns and operates the West Tennessee Detention Facility in Mason, and manages the Silverdale Detention Facilities in Chattanooga, which house federal and local inmate and detainee populations. CCA employs more than 2,000 Tennessee workers, including chaplains, teachers, nurses, counselors, correctional officers and other professionals.
CCA is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT), the nation's largest owner of partnership correction and detention facilities, and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. The company currently owns or controls 52 correctional and detention facilities and manages 12 additional facilities owned by government partners, with a total design capacity of approximately 84,500 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia.