Damon Hininger was named president and chief operating officer of private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America last month, reports the Tennessean. He takes a key leadership role in Nashville-based CCA at a time when its industry is under scrutiny – and sometimes ensnarled in lawsuits – for what prison reformers see as poor treatment or even abuse of inmates. CCA, the largest U.S. for-profit prison company, plans to add nearly 10,000 more prison beds at new facilities being built or expanded in five states. It has more than 17,000 employees and holds more than 75,000 inmates.
Hininger told The Tennessean, “California is a significant opportunity for us. We have a contract with them to get more than 8,000 of their state inmates in our system by next year. On the federal side, our main customers are the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” He also said, “It is becoming more and more of a challenge for state governments and even the federal government to build new prison capacity considering the fiscal environment they live in. The sheer cost per bed is escalating dramatically. We look for opportunities to wring out cost efficiencies both in size and location.”