Corrections Corporation of America
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is a private corrections corporation that was formed in 1983 in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Beasley, with financial support from the venture capital firm of Massey Burch, the financiers of Kentucky Fried Chicken. The company manages 60 correctional facilities in 21 states, housing 54,000 inmates, and employing more than 14,000 people. CCA began the current era of prison privatization with the first county-level award from Hamilton County, Tennessee, in 1984. In 1985, the company made an unsuccessful attempt to manage the entire prison system of Tennessee. Today, CCA is the largest private provider of correctional services to government agencies. It boasts the sixth largest corrections system in the nation, trailing only Texas, California, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, New York, and Florida. CCA currently has contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS; in 2003 this agency was renamed the ...