Contract adds much needed cell-capacity for 2,336 inmates
SACRAMENTO – In its continuing effort to reduce prison overcrowding and increase access to health care and rehabilitation programs, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today that it has amended its agreement with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to temporarily house additional inmates out of state. This addendum will allow an additional 2,336 out-of-state beds to house California offenders, for a total of 10,468 beds.
“California is continuing to move aggressively to reduce overcrowding in our prisons,” said Scott Kernan, CDCR Undersecretary for Operations. “Our ability to place offenders out-of-state offers us much needed flexibility in placement of offenders that ultimately creates a safer environment for inmates, our staff and for the public.”
These out-of-state facilities also offers CDCR placement of higher-custody level inmates that normally require housing in a celled environment. CDCR prisons are overcrowded with inmates requiring celled housing. Due to public safety risks, these inmates are not eligible for low-security housing.
A 2006 Emergency Proclamation and subsequent passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, provides authority for CDCR to transfer inmates to private facilities in other states.
Since the department began the out-of-state transfers, it had reduced the number of non-traditional housing – such as in gymnasiums, dayrooms and other areas of the prison not intended for housing – from a high of 19,618 in August 2007 to the current total of 10,526.
CDCR began regular movements of inmates to these facilities in October 2006, and anticipates that by January 2011, CDCR will have a population of 10,468 inmates out of state. Inmates transferred to out-of-state facilities undergo a comprehensive medical, dental and, if required, mental health screening.
The Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) currently houses 7,911 California inmates in the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (Mississippi), North Fork Correctional Facility (Oklahoma), Florence Correctional Center (Arizona), Red Rock Correctional Center (Arizona), and the La Palma Correctional Center (Arizona).