Plans For New Prison Scrapped

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- march 16,2012 --

The Corrections Corporation of America is not extending their agreement with the Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial Authority. That agreement was to construct and operate a corrections facility in Lowndes County.

Negotiations began in 2010. The initial agreement allowed for three extension terms to purchase the land. That extension officially expired on Tuesday March 13.

The Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial Authority Executive Director Andrea Schruijer said "The contract that we currently had in way or the purchase and development agreement that we had is null and void at this point."

One of the reasons why the Corrections Corporation of America may not have extended the agreement is because Georgia's prison population is down. But that doesn't mean Lowndes County wouldn't have benefited from the project.

Schruijer went on to say "It would have been a huge economic impact. There were about 400 jobs associated with the project with approximately $150 million dollars in capital investment."

Those four hundred jobs that the prison would have created, on average, would have payed between $40,000 and $50,000 dollars eah.


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  • by Emily Location: Gadsden on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    The only way the average wage would be between $40-50,000 yearly is if the CEO's salary and bonus is figured in. Even if you are counting the benefits, employee wages would not reach $40,000.
  • by M on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    More executions and less housing.
  • by i know build anoyher county jail. Location: tax payerville on Mar 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    i know they are sooooo disapointed. you cops need to get out thereand lock the citizens children up from everything from j-walking to sleeping late that way you can get your money. 400 new jobs means 400 new paychcks per week. THESE PEOPLE JUST DONT GET IT.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Mar 18, 2012 at 03:27 AM
    That is not how you spell paid. Of course, English is my native language.
  • by R. Scott on Mar 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
    Well, they are not building in Georgia as I have promised them a gravy train down here in Florida. :)
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      by Pancho on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM in reply to R. Scott
      Scott's plans have run afoul of fiscal conservatives in the Florida senate no matter how much CCA and GEO Group have contributed to his and CCA's senate supporters' campaigns.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    Close a school Build a prison.
  • by Jeff Location: Tallahassee on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    $40,000 to $50,000 a year average? Whoever made that statement never worked in a Jail/Prison. Get your facts straight. The supervisors don't even make that. More like $28,900 for corrections officers.
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      by let the hogs work for food. on Mar 18, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to Jeff
      and that is to much.
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      by M on Mar 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM in reply to Jeff
      Fully loaded expenses including fridge and indirect costs exceed $55K per individual.
    • reply
      by Pancho on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:51 PM in reply to Jeff
      CCA's top execs and board chairs have made over a million bucks a month, and they pay high turnover guards as low as they can, sometimes a buck or two over minimum wage. These numbers they're giving out are a complete fabrication. They're paying under $11 bucks an hour around the country. The benefits are terrible too.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to Jeff
      Employee costs are much more than just salary.
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