Government Watchdog Wants More Metro Oversight of CCA Contract

A new 20-page report from a government watchdog group suggests Metro isn’t being as tough as it should be on Corrections Corporation of America. Nashville-based CCA has a $92 million contract to manage Davidson County’s thousand-bed detention facility.

Tennesseans for Improving Public Accountability sent the report to members of the Metro Council and Sheriff Daron Hall. It suggests CCA should be held accountable for incidents that have occurred in the detention facility, including an inmate homicide, suicide and medical-related deaths.

The group notes Metro has little leverage in the contract. The city is unable to fine CCA or withhold payment.

*But a statement from the company suggests government officials have “unfettered access” and that the facility meet the highest accreditation standards. CCA also questions the “credibility” of Tennesseans for Improving Public Accountability.

The full statement from CCA:

CCA has partnered with Metropolitan-Davidson County for the management of the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility for more than 18 years. During this long-standing partnership, our government partner has held CCA accountable to high standards of performance – contractually and otherwise.

Government officials have unfettered access to the facility and provide strong oversight to ensure CCA is living up to its contractual responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is meeting or exceeding the standards of the American Correctional Association, which represents the highest comprehensive standards for correctional management in the country. The dedicated professional management and staff at MDCDF have consistently maintained ACA accreditation, as contractually required by our government partner.

The motives and credibility of this group and its “report” are highly suspect. The selective use of salacious excerpts from past news articles, unsubstantiated individual accounts, and other partial information on which to base its claims should cause readers to question the merits of this “report.”

View the report from TIPA here.

*updated with comment from CCA

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