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Updated COVID-19 Statement - April 21, 2022

CoreCivic continues to work hard to protect our employees, those entrusted to our care, and our communities as we have since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CoreCivic Statement on Barclays PLC - April 19, 2021

The state of Alabama is facing a humanitarian crisis, and we’re proceeding with efforts to help deliver desperately needed, modern corrections infrastructure to replace dilapidated, aging facilities that originally were designed with one purpose in mind – to warehouse individuals, not rehabilitate returning citizens.

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CoreCivic Statement on President Biden's Executive Order Regarding Private Contractors - January 26, 2021

The federal government has experienced a steady decline in inmate populations over the past several years, so today’s announcement was no surprise considering the agency’s diminished need for capacity. It’s a trend we’ve watched carefully, and we’ve worked hard to diversify the solutions we provide. We’re extremely proud of the critically important services we’ve provided to our federal, state and local partners over our 38 year history. Providing our partners flexibility to manage ups and downs in their populations is one of the most important ways we provide value.

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Statement From CoreCivic President and CEO Damon Hininger on the Restoration of Pell Grant Eligibility for Currently Incarcerated Students - December 21, 2020

At CoreCivic, we believe that education is one of the greatest opportunities for the advancement of all people, and we’ve made it a priority for our organization through unprecedented commitments to strengthening the reentry programming at our facilities. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to see incarcerated students’ right to apply for Pell Grants restored. This is a policy we’ve actively supported and advocated for, and we’re grateful to the legislators who helped make it a reality.

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Statement on Cimarron Correctional Facility Closure/OKDOC Consolidation - July 16, 2020

In order to help the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) meet their budget needs, we will be closing the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, OK.

We are proud of our longstanding track record of delivering high quality, safe, cost saving secure corrections and meaningful reentry programs in partnership with ODOC at Cimarron since 1997. We are also appreciative of the strong relationship we've had with the Cushing community. 

CoreCivic will work closely with the department to ensure a safe and seamless transfer of inmates out of Cimarron Correctional Center. Questions regarding the transition should be directed to ODOC.

At the same time, we are assisting our employees impacted by the closure, and will be working to provide them opportunities for transfer to other CoreCivic facilities and access to community employment resources.

We will continue to offer Cimarron Correctional Facility as a potential solution to meet the needs of other government partners. 

CoreCivic Response to Councilmembers Benedict and O'Connell's Proposed Legislation regarding Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility - July 2, 2020

Once again, it appears that some members of the Metro Nashville council are pushing an agenda that’s free of facts and ideologically driven. This proposed action would not only result in millions of dollars in increased liabilities to the Metro budget and taxpayers, but it would also potentially jeopardize the life-changing reentry programming currently delivered to those in our care.

Additionally, Councilmembers Benedict and O’Connell are being dishonest about our company. Contrary to statements in their press release, under longstanding policy, CoreCivic does not draft, lobby for, promote or in any way take a position on proposals, policies or legislation that determine the basis or duration of an individual’s incarceration. In fact, CoreCivic has been an outspoken advocate for numerous criminal justice reform initiatives, including the federal First Step Act, which has resulted in thousands of prisoner releases.

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Reentry Programming at Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility

We are proud of our nearly 30-year partnership at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility and the extensive evidence-based reentry programming we provide to the State of Tennessee's locally sentenced inmates in our care. We provide educational services and counseling to help individuals leaving incarceration achieve success in work and life.

Examples of CoreCivic-administered programs offered at Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility include Go Further, Men of Valor (faith-based ministry), victim impact, anger management, alcoholics and narcotics anonymous, Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), Healing Journeys (faith based), Second Chances dog socialization program, cosmetology, parenting, Paws Greyhound training program, Life Principles (faith based), Unlock your Thinking, Motivated for Change, Sending Musicians to Prison, Wheel for the World, Adult Basic Education, Computer classes, My Song for Life, Lee Company HVAC program and financial management.

CoreCivic Statement Regarding Jane Doe Complaint Filed in Southern District of Texas - June 1, 2020

We are committed to the safety and dignity of every individual entrusted to our care. In this case, attorneys for the plaintiff allege that three men, dressed in “jeans and plainclothes, with their faces covered,” sexually assaulted her and two other unnamed detainees at Houston Processing Center on June 2, 2018. 

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CoreCivic Statement on Detainee Death at Otay Mesa Detention Center - May 7, 2020

We are deeply saddened to report that a detainee who had been hospitalized from our Otay Mesa Detention Center has passed away Wednesday morning. The individual had been transported to a nearby hospital on April 24 due to symptoms of COVID-19.

We had been in close contact with our government partner, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), about the health of the detainee and immediately notified them of the individual’s passing. The exact cause of death is pending an official determination. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to this individual’s loved ones.

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CoreCivic Statement on Otay Mesa Detention Center's COVID-19 Response - April 16, 2020

At Otay Mesa Detention Center, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of those in our care, our employees and our community.

Distribution of Masks

Everyone at the Otay Mesa Detention Center has received a mask. No signed waivers are required. The CDC makes it clear that its mask recommendation “complements but does not replace” other critical steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make sure that anyone wearing a mask fully understands that they may not be preventative and that it’s important to continue measures like social distancing and proper hygiene recommendations, we are providing an educational handout, which is publicly available online at our website here.

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CoreCivic Statement on COVID-19 Prevention - March 12, 2020

CoreCivic is working hard to protect our employees, those entrusted to our care, and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a Coronavirus Medical Action Plan in place at each of our facilities, which we’ve been working on since January. This plan includes:

  • Having medical staff participate in the intake process to identify those who are deemed high-risk of being infected with or contracting COVID-19;
  • Isolating those who are deemed high-risk as needed; and
  • Working with local and state health departments to conduct appropriate testing.

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CoreCivic President and CEO Damon Hininger Letter to Metro Council Regarding BL2020-148 - February 13, 2020

Dear Vice Mayor Shulman and Metropolitan Council:

I want to reach out to you about the Metro Council-led legislation (BL2020-148) to be considered on February 13 that proposes to prohibit any future private contracts to operate, manage or lease detention facilities in Metro Nashville. Since 1992, our company, CoreCivic, has cared for Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmates from our local area at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility. Our company has also been part of the Middle Tennessee community for more than 35 years.

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CoreCivic Statement on Passage of Fair Chance Act - December 23, 2019

In 2017, CoreCivic announced the launch of a nationwide initiative to advocate for a range of government policies aimed at helping former inmates successfully reenter society and stay out of prison.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding Roxsana Hernandez - November 6, 2019

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Roxsana Hernandez. Ms. Hernandez came to Cibola County Correctional Center in May 2018 gravely ill. When she arrived, she went through the intake process, which includes a medical evaluation. The medical team made the determination that she needed to be immediately transported to an outside hospital. Ms. Hernandez was only at Cibola for 12 hours, where she stayed in the intake area before being transported to the hospital where she passed away nine days later.

Autopsy Report

The independent New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator released its findings in the death of Ms. Hernandez in April 2019. The results can be found here.

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CoreCivic Statement on Mariee Juarez Case - August 7, 2019

Key Facts:

  • CoreCivic does not provide the medical care at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC). It is provided for by the government’s ICE Health Services Corps.
  • The child and her mother were cared for at the residential center for 20 days, and the child passed away six weeks after leaving the facility.
  • STFRC residents have open access to multiple onsite health clinics that are administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Those clinics are open 24/7 for sick call and medical emergencies, and scheduled appointments are offered seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding False Claims by Longtime Critics, Alex Friedmann and Jeannie Alexander - July 10, 2019

The portrayal of this information is false and misleading, and presenting it in a way that suggests it is valid or a reliable research-based comparison presents our company and our people in a false light.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding SunTrust - July 8, 2019

The most disappointing aspect of these politicized banking decisions, disingenuous activist efforts and no-solution proposals from politicians is the people who they ultimately hurt. 

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding Bank of America - June 26, 2019

Bank of America’s decision is about politics, not about the company we are. No other company has led as we have with public commitments to strengthen the reentry programs in our facilities.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding Senator Elizabeth Warren's Proposal - June 24, 2019

Our company helps keep communities safe, enrolls thousands of inmates in reentry programs that prepare them for life after prison and saves taxpayers millions.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding JP Morgan - March 7, 2019

JP Morgan has served an important role in creating better conditions for inmates entrusted in our care through transactions like, among many others, helping to provide financing for the construction of a replacement facility for the 150-year old Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas.


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Statement From CoreCivic President and CEO Damon Hininger on the First Step Act - December 19, 2018

I have told many of you over the years that one the most encouraging dynamics to me personally is the positive change in tone and dialogue surrounding the needed investment to help people that are incarcerated in our country so they are better prepared once they are released from prison.  

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CoreCivic Statement on HQ Demonstration August 6, 2018 

CoreCivic plays a valued but limited role in America’s immigration system, which we have done for every administration – Democrat and Republican – for more than 30 years. While we know this is a highly charged, emotional issue for many people, much of the information about our company being shared by special interest groups is wrong and politically motivated, resulting in some people reaching misguided conclusions about what we do. The fact is our sole job is to help the government solve problems in ways it could not do alone – to help manage unprecedented humanitarian crises, dramatically improve the standard of care for vulnerable people, and meet other critical needs efficiently and innovatively.

It’s clear that this group would rather use divisive rhetoric and falsehoods than engage in a fact-based discussion about the many challenges facing our country that we work every day to address. Despite the protesters' choice to engage in disruptive behavior, CoreCivic employees are continuing to keep communities safe, enroll thousands of inmates in reentry programs that prepare them for life after prison, and help manage humanitarian crises. We simply will not be deterred from helping the most vulnerable among us, and we’ve been gratified by the outpouring of support we’ve received encouraging us to keep working with our government partners to solve problems in ways they could not do alone. 

Immigrant Detention Fact Sheet 

CoreCivic Statement Regarding Immigration Policies and Family Separation - June 20, 2018

CoreCivic cares deeply about every person in our care. None of our facilities provides housing for children who aren’t under the supervision of a parent.

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CoreCivic Statement Regarding Coverage by WSMV of Trousdale Turner Correctional Center - June 28, 2017

Although we are still reviewing Channel 4’s report in detail, what is already clear is there are numerous factual errors, blatant omissions and gross mischaracterizations. This is not surprising.

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