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  • mcprison mcprison Jun 28, 2000 12:24 PM Flag

    Cal City Warden resigns

    Warden at private prison resigns post
    This
    story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press June 27,
    2000
    By JENNIFER WOFFORD
    Valley Press Staff
    Writer



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CALIFORNIA CITY - After a three-year stint as warden of the
    Corrections Corporation of America private prison in
    California City, Dan Vasquez has resigned.
    Vasquez'
    resignation followed the announcement that the Federal Bureau
    of Prisons awarded a $530 million contract to CCA's
    Cal City facility earlier this month.

    CCA
    officials have named Percy Pitzer as the facility's new
    warden, said Susan Hart, the company's vice president of
    communications.

    Until recently, Pitzer was warden at Whiteville
    Correction Facility in Whiteville, Tenn. Pitzer joined CCA
    with more than 25 years of experience from the Federal
    Bureau of Prisons.

    Pitzer also has served as
    warden at the U.S. Penitentiary in Beaumont,
    Texas.

    Prior to Vasquez' resignation, Hart said, CCA offered
    the warden another job at a smaller, 1,500-bed
    company lockup in Tennessee. Vasquez declined the offer
    and resigned from Cal City's 2,304-bed
    facility.

    Despite his resignation, Vasquez will remain with CCA in
    Cal City until Pitzer is settled in.

    Hart said
    Vasquez was offered the job at the small prison in
    Tennessee after the Federal Bureau of Prisons requested a
    warden with more federal prison experience.

    "We
    work with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and (wanted) a
    warden in place familiar with bureau policy and
    procedures," Hart said. "Warden Pitzer has very good
    experience with the bureau and (is) well-known for community
    involvement. He's already met with the facility staff and is
    in the process of getting things for the bureau
    inmates."

    Vasquez and Pitzer could not be reached for comment
    Monday.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons contract awarded to
    California City is for "the management and operation of
    contractor owned and operated secured correctional
    institutions for low-security, non-U.S. citizen criminal alien
    inmates."

    A second contract was awarded to CCA's Milan, N.M.,
    facility.

    The potential term of each contract is 10 years - a
    three-year base contract with the option of seven one-year
    renewals.

    California City's prison is expected to be paid nearly $530
    million for its services and the New Mexico facility
    nearly $231 million.

    CCA invested more than $100
    million to build the 2,304-bed, maximum-security lockup,
    speculating on future convict contracts. Prior to building
    the California City facility, the company had
    successfully built prisons on speculation in other parts of
    the country.

    Vasquez has nearly 34 years of
    corrections experience; 29 1/2 with the state of California
    and four with Santa Clara County.

    He began his
    corrections career in February 1964 as a guard at Chino. He
    has held numerous positions with the state Department
    of Corrections, including that of supervising parole
    agent and internal affairs officer. In his last job at
    the state, he was the warden at San Quentin for 10
    years.

    He left the state corrections department four years
    ago to oversee jail operations for Santa Clara
    County, which has the third-largest jail system in the
    state.

    In September 1999, CCA graduated 68 people from
    their training program. The graduates included prison
    guards, maintenance workers and warehouse supervisors as
    well as workers who will provide various other
    services at the prison.

    Founded in 1983 in
    Nashville, Tenn., CCA manages prisons and other correctional
    institutions at all security classifications for governmental
    agencies.

    The company manages 77 facilities totaling 62,000
    beds throughout the United States, Puerto Rico,
    Australia and the United Kingdom.

 
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