Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Wackenhut Corrections Corporation
The Wackenhut Corporation, founded in 1954 by former FBI official George Wackenhut, has grown from a small private security firm to one of the “Platinum 400” on Forbes magazine's list of America's Best Big Companies. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, it is one of the largest and most diversified private security corporations in the world, with more than 40,000 employees. Wackenhut provides a wide range of security related services, including uniformed security officers, investigations, and background checks. In 1984, the company entered the private corrections business with the founding of the Wackenhut Corrections Corporation (WCC), which now manages more than 69 detention facilities and 42,000 offenders worldwide. WCC employs approximately 9,000 people in its facilities in 13 U.S. states and its international facilities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. In 1997, WCC became the first private firm selected by the U.S. government to run one of its major ...