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Performance Audit of the Gadsden Correctional Institution , Report No. 95-48, April 1996
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  • The Gadsden Correctional Institution, which has a contracted capacity of 768 female inmates, is operated by the United States Corrections Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, under contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. The institution opened in March 1995.
  • The Department has adopted rules, monitoring procedures, and reporting procedures for the oversight of the privately operated prison, but has not required the vendor to employ an on-site monitor. The Department has provided for periodic monitoring of the institution; however, the Department has not implemented sufficient corrective action procedures to ensure the vendor's adherence to the contract.
  • The Department has not yet developed procedures for comparing the cost and quality of vendor services with the cost and quality of Department services. However, the reported per diem cost of the state's Jefferson Correctional Institution, the most comparable public institution to Gadsden Correctional Institution, was less than the per diem for the private prison. Furthermore, the trend of 6% annual increases in the contracted per diem may be costly to the state.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 99-46 Progress Report: Bay and Moore Haven Private Prison Contracts Renewed; Bay Costs Increase, published in April 2000.
  • Report No. 99-39 Private Prison Review: South Bay Correctional Facility Provides Savings and Success; Room for Improvement, published in March 2000.
  • Report No. 99-33 Private Prison Review: Lake City Correctional Facility Experienced Start-Up Problems, But It Has Improved, published in February 2000.
  • Report No. 97-68 Review of Bay Correctional Facility and Moore Haven Correctional Facility, published in April 1998.
  • Report No. 97-56 Follow-up Report on the Gadsden Correctional Institution, published in March 1998.
  • Report No. 97-06 Follow-up Report on the Review of Correctional Privatization, published in September 1997.
  • Report No. 96-69 Information Brief Comparing Costs of Public and Private Prisons, published in March 1997.
  • Report No. 95-12 Review of Correctional Privatization, published in November 1995.

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