Letter portrayed company inaccurately


I am writing on behalf of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) regarding the July 25 letter to the editor “Is the American Legislative Exchange Council the ‘New Michigan?’,” which portrays our company inaccurately and fails to describe the numerous benefits we provide our government partners.

First and foremost, under long-standing policy, CCA does not draft, lobby for or in any way promote policies that determine the basis for an individual’s incarceration or detention. Additionally, we ended our non-voting membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2010.

We are proud of the quality services we provide our government partners. For example, CCA helps over 3,000 inmates each year earn their GEDs, which studies show makes them 25 percent less likely to return to prison once released. We also employ 17,000 dedicated professionals including correctional officers, chaplains, teachers and nurses and are a “Top Military Friendly Employer” according to GI Jobs magazine.

For 30 years, CCA has worked in close partnership with government leaders to provide solutions to the difficult challenges they face.

We are proud of our ability to offer safe, secure facilities and quality programming at cost savings to governments and taxpayers, and look forward to continuing these partnerships for years to come.

Steve Owen

Senior Director, Public Affairs – CCA