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Lake City Correctional Facility Experienced Start-Up Problems, But It Has Improved, Report No. 99-33, February 2000
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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.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-60 Progress Report: Corrections Program Still Challenged by Inmate Idleness, Prison Planning, and Fleet Maintenance, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 02-56 Progress Report: Lake City Correctional Facility Added Programs and Saved 6.5%; Intermediate Sanctions Still Needed, published in November 2002.
  • Report No. 02-27 Progress Report: Correctional Privatization Commission Improved Management of South Bay Contract; More Savings Possible, published in May 2002.
  • 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. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-35 Review of Start-up and Early Implementation Efforts Related to the WAGES Privatization Pilot Projects, published in December 1998.
  • 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. 95-48 Performance Audit of the Gadsden Correctional Institution, published in April 1996.
  • Report No. 95-12 Review of Correctional Privatization, published in November 1995.

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