“CCA has been a great partner with us for nearly a decade now. Coffee Correctional Facility and Wheeler Correctional Facility certainly meet the standards of the Georgia Department of Corrections. I particularly appreciate CCA maintaining exemplary accreditation status with both the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. I look forward to a continued long relationship with them.”
- Commissioner James E. Donald, Georgia Department of Corrections
Benefits of Partnering with CCA
Local and state government customers, as well as residents in CCA communities, realize many benefits through a partnership with the company. Partnering advantages range from the economic to the logistical to the civic, with all involved mutually benefiting from CCA’s comprehensive range of corrections management services.
The prospect of assuming debt can delay needed correctional solutions for many local and state governments. With CCA, such bonded indebtedness for correctional management and construction is an obligation of the past. When the company builds a correctional facility for a local or state government customer, capital outlays are substantially reduced and, in many cases, completely eliminated. Such capital expenditure avoidance is among the chief attractions of a public-private partnership with CCA.
Developing and employing correctional solutions can be an intimidating endeavor for governmental systems grappling with immediate issues, such as overcrowding. CCA alleviates many of the challenges associated with such implementation through comprehensive correctional services that are customized according to the standards, policies and laws governing the partnering system. Through its time-tested experience, CCA can seamlessly design and model programs and services, architectural aspects and staffing resources according to contractual specifications, as well as the high standards of the American Correctional Association and the company’s own high criteria.
Rapid Relief Benefits
CCA’s ability to bring facilities on-line in record time is a major benefit to partnering systems. The company’s long-standing relationships with experienced architectural, engineering and construction firms enable facilities to be designed, constructed and activated in less time than in the public sector, which generally takes 24-36 months to complete a project. By comparison, CCA reduces estimated construction schedules by approximately half. For example, CCA’s Florence Correctional Center in Florence, Arizona reached substantial completion by 11 months and was ready for occupancy less than 14 months from the time of project approval. This aggressive approach enables customers to begin addressing issues, such as capacity concerns and legal obligations, with the assurance that their projects will be completed in the near future.
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Capital Improvement Benefits
Through efficient, cost-effective correctional management services with CCA, partnering local and state governments may allocate additional funds to other capital improvement projects. Customers cite education, infrastructure and health services as among the areas enriched by CCA’s cost savings.
Economic Development Benefits
CCA introduces a range of economic benefits to partnering communities. The company brings often needed employment to areas impacted by cyclical industries, such as mining or agriculture, or affected by shutdowns in manufacturing. CCA employees are afforded attractive packages, which include a competitive salary, health benefits and a retirement fund. They also receive specialized training in correctional security, administration or medicine, providing them with valuable, viable skills in this growth industry.
As a testament to the economic development CCA brings to communities, the company’s correctional centers in Arizona have created more than 2,000 stable jobs with a payroll that exceeds $100 million annually. This economic vitality also increases support of local businesses, patronized by CCA employees.
CCA also benefits communities through sales taxes and property taxes, when the property is company-owned. Oftentimes, a CCA facility is the largest single source of local property tax payments in a community. More on Economic Development
CCA also positively shapes communities through corporate goodwill. The company instills a sense of stewardship at the corporate and facility level, which is realized through charitable outreach and volunteerism. CCA facility employees, guided by a Community Outreach Committee, often spearhead fundraisers for national, regional and local nonprofit organizations and volunteer for community events. CCA employees may be seen donating school supplies to local children, assembling gift bags for underserved families during the holiday season, or collecting donations to participate in awareness-raising walks and races.