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New private prison in San Diego County in 2010?

November 9, 2009 - 12:55 pm

facility_SanDiegoCorrectionalIn its latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, private-prison operator Corrections Corporation of America reports that it could begin construction on a new prison in Otay Mesa “as early as 2010.”

Here’s why: CCA currently operates the San Diego Correctional Facility, an 1,154-bed detention center housing ICE and US Marshals’ inmates, under a lease with San Diego County. The county has the right to purchase 950 of those beds at the end of 2011. Otherwise, those beds revert to county control on Dec. 31, 2015.

The remaining beds revert to county control on Dec 31., 2011 or earlier if the county gives CCA 270 days notice.

In a story published in August, the San Diego Daily Transcript reported CCA already had one potential site in its pocket:  “a major use permit is in place for a 40-acre lot purchased by CCA in east Otay Mesa.”

Back then, CCA had yet to proposed a construction time line, though Brag Wiggins, senior director of site acquisition for CCA, told SDDT the corporation was formulating a “game plan.”

Now it looks like 2010, however, CCA warned its investors, “[W]e can provide no assurance that we will be able to retain these inmate populations.”

In a statement emailed to CityBeat, CCA spokesman Steve Owen wrote:

CCA has a long-term contract to provide detention capacity and services to our government partner, ICE. As reported in the public filing…we are preparing for the option of having to replace the existing capacity we currently provide to ICE at Otay Mesa, based on the current contractual (i.e. lease) agreements with San Diego County. A portion of the facility has already reverted back to the County and is managed by them for their use separately and securely from the rest of the facility. CCA has made no additional announcements about construction (location, etc)…Our efforts in this matter are ongoing.

San Diego County has not returned calls regarding its plans for the prison leases, but those beds are no doubt being considered. As CityBeat Editor Dave Rolland reported, in August, San Diego Sheriff’s Commander John Ingrassia was floating the idea of using the CCA beds to alleviate current overpopulation (113 percent in August) and to handle a potential flood of released state inmates who re-offend.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. selena permalink
    November 10, 2009 - 9:36 pm 9:36 pm

    just an fyi, candidate for sheriff, jim duffy says if elected he will see to it that a new las colinas is built in kearny mesa. what the???

  2. Linda Taylor permalink
    December 31, 2009 - 11:33 am 11:33 am

    How would I apply for CCA as Corrections Officer?
    I have prior experience in this field.
    Please contact me at 707-623-6982

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