Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction




 January 10, 2001

Private Prison Contract Will Not Be Renewed

(Columbus) --- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Reginald A. Wilkinson today announced that the contract awarded to CiviGenics Corporation to operate the North Coast Correctional Treatment Facility (NCCTF) will not be renewed. NCCTF, one of two privately operated prisons in Ohio, is a 552-bed, minimum-security facility in Grafton, Ohio. It was designated by the Ohio Legislature in 1998 to provide intensive drug and alcohol treatment to its residents.

"Our initial review of CiviGenics indicated that the company is very successful in managing correctional facilities and in developing and operating drug treatment programs across the country," said Wilkinson. "However, the operation at Grafton has experienced mounting problems and has not risen to DRCís expectations."

The $14.8 million contract runs through June 30, 2001. Under the terms of the contract, DRC is required to notify CiviGenics of the non-renewal by February 25, 2001. A new Request for Proposals for the operation of NCCTF will be announced within the next 30 days. DRC will work with CiviGenics during the transition period to ensure that operation runs smoothly until the prison is turned over to a new company on July 1, 2001.

For more information contact DRC Public Information Officer Joe Andrews at (614)752-1150.