Corrections Corp. (CXW) Comments on DOJ Action; Says Findings Don't Match with Independent Studies

August 18, 2016 4:27 PM EDT

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Corrections Corp. (NYSE: CXW) sent out the following commentary today to StreetInsider.com with respect to the Deparment of Justice's move to phase-out the use of private prisons:

We value our partners, and we will continue to work with them, both through the types of management solutions we’ve provided for more than three decades, as well as new, innovative opportunities we’ve been exploring in recent years in a proactive effort to meet their evolving needs. For example, our real estate-only solution helps government deliver needed facility space in a cost-effective manner while providing its own staffing and management services. We’ve also greatly expanded our residential re-entry offerings, which help inmates prepare to successfully return to their communities. In fact, this spring we won a re-bid of a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) contract for these critical services. It’s important to note that today’s announcement relates only to BOP correctional facilities, which make up seven percent of our business.

The Inspector General’s report used to buttress this decision has significant flaws. The report’s authors freely admit that they “were unable to evaluate all of the factors that contributed to the underlying data,” and they failed to account for the impact of elements such as population demographics or the scope and efficacy of efforts to mitigate contraband. The findings simply don’t match up to the numerous independent studies that show our facilities to be equal or better with regard to safety and quality, or the excellent feedback we get from our partners at all levels of government.



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