CCA Awarded New Management Contract With Puerto Rico

January 3, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire -01/03/12)- CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) (NYSE: CXW - News), the nation's largest partnership corrections provider to government agencies, announced today that it has entered into a contract with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to manage up to 480 male inmates at CCA's 1,692-bed Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, Oklahoma. CCA last partnered with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in August 2002.

The management contract has an initial term of two years and upon mutual agreement can be renewed for two additional one-year terms. The management contract will commence upon receipt of an initial inmate population of 240 inmates expected in February of 2012, with the remainder following late in the first quarter or early second quarter of 2012.

CCA currently manages approximately 650 male inmates from the state of Oklahoma at the Cimarron facility. Following the ramp-up of the new inmates from Puerto Rico, the population at the Cimarron facility is expected to be approximately 1,100 inmates.

Damon Hininger, president and CEO, stated, "We are delighted to once again include Puerto Rico as one of our government partners. We value the trust Puerto Rico has placed in us and will work closely with our partner to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, we are pleased this contract will improve utilization at the Cimarron Correctional Facility and reduce our inventory of available capacity."

About CCA
CCA is the nation's largest owner and operator of partnership correction and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. We currently operate 67 facilities, including 46 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 92,000 beds in 20 states and the District of Columbia. We specialize in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies. In addition to providing the fundamental residential services relating to inmates, our facilities offer a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. These services are intended to reduce recidivism and to prepare inmates for their successful re-entry into society upon their release. We also provide health care (including medical, dental and psychiatric services), food services and work and recreational programs.

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