CCA to build new prison in Trousdale Co.

Friday, February 22, 2008 at 9:24am

Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America announced today it would begin construction of a more than 2,000 bed prison in Trousdale County.

“With this new endeavor, CCA brings enhanced economic vitality to northern Middle Tennessee through purposeful careers and millions of dollars in salaries, benefits and tax revenue. This infusion of capital improves the lives of families and bolsters public services,” said John Ferguson, CCA’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

Construction on the $143 million facility will begin this summer, pending final negotiations with the county. It will create 350 jobs.

Whose prisoners the new CCA facility will house has not been finalized. Possible options include the state and federal prisoners as well as relieving other states who may face overcrowding in their jails.

The Trousdale County facility will be CCA’s eighth in Tennessee.

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By: dnewton on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The last thing I heard was that this prison is going to end up in their industrial park. If so, it shows just how difficult it is to fill up all of the spare industrial space that we have and how desperate counties are to qualify any enterprise as an "industry." Last year I added up all of the spare space from only one web space and it was enough space to give everybody in Tennessee a 30 by 30 foot square to work in, even if you can not work. If you count the property listed by private developers, there has to be over 2000 pieces of industrial space in the form of land or land and buildings in Tennessee and the likelihood is that no more than 6 will ever get used or even partially used every year. Some of these opportunities are just relocations or expansions, so the net benefit is even less. The legislature continues to give special privileges to local governments if they will attract industry even if the definition of "industry" must be tortured to get the grant or the matching money. Industrial parks still enjoy an exception in the last embarrassing legislation that pretended to protect citizens from Kelo like condemnations. You can condemn property for public housing, roads and industrial development but not schools.(?) I hope that Trousdale County does well with their new "industry." The guards and other workers at the facility will make their community a better place to live as well as a lot of other communities around the state.