Owner of Adams County Correctional Center changes its name to CoreCivic

Published 12:24 am Thursday, November 3, 2016

NATCHEZ — Corrections Corporation of America is now CoreCivic.

The owner of the Adams County Correctional Center announced Wednesday plans to rebrand the company.

ACCC Quality Assurance Manager Emilee Beach said in an email Wednesday that the name change will not affect directly the detention facility on Hobo Forks road and U.S. 84.

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“It’s an exciting time, rebranding of our company,” Beach said. “It is only a name change, there are no changes to our day-to-day operations, and we will continue to hold an active role within the community while providing a valuable service to our partner.”

The rebranding is an effort to offer a wider range of services. Under the new brand, CoreCivic will offer in addition to corrections and detention services, government real-estate solutions and a network of residential re-entry centers to address the country’s recidivism crisis, the press release said.

“Rebranding as CoreCivic is the culmination of a multi-year strategy to transform our business from largely corrections and detention services to a wider range of government solutions,” CoreCivic President and Chief Executive Officer Damon T. Hininger said.

The name change comes weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice suggested the federal government stop using private prison facilities.

In August, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates issued a memo to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons instructing officials to decline or substantially reduce contracts for private prison operators when they come up for renewal.

ACCC has been one of the country’s privately run prisons harshly criticized in a Department of Justice report that reviewed safety and security conditions in the 13 privately run federal prisons.

A riot in May 2012 that resulted in the death of corrections officer Catlin Carithers appears to have prompted the report.

CCA, now CoreCivic, said the DOJ report contains flaws and does not match other independent studies that show their facilities to be equal to or better than government-run prisons.