Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



July 22, 1999

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today announced that CiviGenics of Massachusetts presented the successful bid to manage Ohio’s first privately operated prison, the North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility (NCCTF) in Grafton, Ohio (Lorain County). DRC will now begin the contract negotiation process with CiviGenics. The DRC anticipates presenting a proposed contract to the Ohio Controlling Board in September 1999. When the contract is formally awarded, materials relating to the bids and the evaluation process will be made available.

CiviGenics’ bid was selected after an extensive review, evaluation and objective scoring process as well as site visits by an evaluation team appointed by Director Wilkinson. The process emanates from Amended Substitute House Bill 293 from the 122nd General Assembly which required the Department to contract for the operation of the NCCTF. The Grafton facility, a 552-bed prison adjacent to the existing Grafton and Lorain Correctional Institutions, is designated to serve primarily as a treatment facility for individuals convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and minimum-security inmates with a history of substance abuse. It is to be the first of two privately operated prisons in Ohio.

For more information, contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.