Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on CCA Contract Extension Decision

Jan 5, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement after the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) decision not to renew the Corrections Corporation of America’s (CCA) contract to house inmates at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC):

“After pulling members of the Ohio Congressional delegation together to support this facility, sending a letter and having several conversations with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, both personally and at the staff level, I am extremely disappointed with the outcome. We worked closely with CCA throughout this entire process and while I know we did all we could to help, it is of little consolation to the 400 plus men and women who work at the facility, and the City which benefits from the prison’s economic impact. 

“NEOCC’s role in the federal prison system deserves to be extended; CCA, NEOCC and the Valley as a whole have earned it. I will do everything in my power to ensure that these employees have the opportunity to do what they do best and continue their jobs in the federal prison system. Further I will continue to work to grow the economy in the Mahoning Valley so that we can create opportunities for all of our displaced workers."