WACKENHUT CORRECTIONS Wins contract to manage child molesters
Wackenhut Corrections Corp. (WHC) said Monday it has received a state contract to earmark up to 152 beds at its prison in South Bay for convicted child molesters whose sentences are nearly up.
The contract awarded by the Florida Department of Children and Families calls for Wackenhut to provide separate quarters, separate staff and mental health services for child molesters transferred to its South Bay Correctional Facility in western Palm Beach County.
The company said prisoners moved to South Bay will be those who are still suspected to be violent sexual predators. Under the state's Jimmy Ryce Act, the inmates will be given a trial to determine their condition and, if necessary, be referred for treatment at another prison in Martin County.
Wackenhut Corrections, a Wackenhut Corp. subsidiary based in Palm Beach Gardens, said it expects the nine-month contract to generate about $3 million in revenue.