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BOP renews private prison contract

While the Justice Department may have announced this summer that the Bureau of Prisons would begin phasing out its use of private prisons, BOP this month nonetheless exercised a two-year renewal option for a privately owned prison in McRae, Ga.

While the Justice Department may have announced this summer that the Bureau of Prisons would begin phasing out its use of private prisons, BOP this month nonetheless exercised a two-year renewal option for a privately owned prison in McRae, Ga.

CoreCivic Inc., formerly Corrections Corporation of America, announced earlier this month that BOP had extended its contract for the 1,978-bed McRae Correctional Facility, effective Dec. 1.

"We appreciate BOP's continued trust and partnership with CoreCivic through the extension of our contract at the McRae Correctional Facility," said CoreCivic President and CEO Damon. "I am proud of the high-quality service provided by hundreds of CoreCivic's corrections professionals at McRae, and we look forward to continuing to provide the BOP with flexible, cost-effective capacity solutions to address their needs as they evolve."

On Aug,. 18—on the heels of a Justice Department inspector general finding that contractor-run federal prisons had more safety and security failures than similar BOP-operated facilities—Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that she had issued a memo directing BOP to either decline to renew each private prison contract at the end of its term or “substantially reduce its scope in a manner consistent with law and the overall decline of the bureau’s inmate population.”

Yates called that directive “the first step in the process of reducing—and ultimately ending—our use of privately operated prisons.”

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