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Lake City Correctional Facility Experienced Start-Up Problems, But It Has Improved

Report 99-33, February 2000




Report Summary

The Lake City Correctional Facility is a 350-bed privatized youthful offender facility operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

  • Lake City has reduced program staff turnover and resolved major noncompliance issues that undermined the quality of its programs for the first half of the contract period. Following state agency intervention, program performance showed significant improvement in 1998-99.
  • Lake City's programs are comparable to the programs at the public youthful offender prisons and its per diem costs are consistent with the costs of similarly sized public youthful offender prisons.
  • The Legislature exempted private youthful offender prisons from any cost savings requirements to ensure that vendors provide programs of optimal capacity and high quality. If Lake City establishes additional vocational and industry programs as planned, it could meet this legislative intent.
  • The commission should renew the contract with CCA for the continued operation of the Lake City prison. However, the commission could save over $560,000 annually by lowering the marginal per diem rate paid to CCA for inmates in excess of 90% capacity. In addition, the commission should add contract provisions to allow it to sanction the vendor for noncompliance with state and federal regulations and contract requirements.


Related Reports
  1. Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance
    Report 04-60 August 2004
  2. Progress Report: Lake City Correctional Facility Added Programs and Saved 6.5%; Intermediate Sanctions Still Needed
    Report 02-56 November 2002
  3. Progress Report: Correctional Privatization Commission Improved Management of South Bay Contract; More Savings Possible
    Report 02-27 May 2002
  4. Progress Report: Bay and Moore Haven Private Prison Contracts Renewed; Bay Costs Increase
    Report 99-46 April 2000
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Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by email OPPAGA@oppaga.fl.gov, telephone (850) 488-0021, or mail 111 W. Madison St., Room 312 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475.
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