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South Bay Correctional Facility Provides Savings and Success; Room for Improvement, Report No. 99-39, March 2000
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  • The Wackenhut Corrections Corporation built the private South Bay Correctional Facility at costs that were 24% below construction costs for the most comparable public prison, Okeechobee. The Department of Corrections spent $10 million more on site preparation to prepare a larger public prison site.
  • South Bay and Okeechobee were operated using different percentages of capacity, requiring substantial adjustments to provide a fair comparison of operating costs. However, after OPPAGA adjusted for this and other differences between the two prisons, South Bay’s operating costs were 3.5% lower during the 1997-98 fiscal year and 10.6% lower during 1998-99.
  • The Correctional Privatization Commission could increase savings by improving its cost control efforts. For example, private prison vendors should not be reimbursed for corporate income tax and sales tax expenses without documentation.
  • With the notable exception of the escape of two inmates in August 1999, the performance of the South Bay Correctional Facility has compared favorably.

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. 02-27 Progress Report: Correctional Privatization Commission Improved Management of South Bay Contract; More Savings Possible, published in May 2002.
  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 99-46 Progress Report: Bay and Moore Haven Private Prison Contracts Renewed; Bay Costs Increase, published in April 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. 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.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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