Following our correspondence with CoreCivic in late March, in which they did not give any additional information on the prison closing, they reached out to us on April 5 with some good news for the county and prison employees. They stated that they have reached an agreement to continue operating the facility through June 30, 2025.
Below is the statement we received from CoreCivic in its entirety:
“CoreCivic and the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) have reached an agreement for the continued operation of the South Central Correctional Facility (SCCF) through June 30, 2025. The new agreement, which takes effect July 1, 2023, ensures that SCCF will continue to provide needed capacity and reentry services for TDOC. This agreement was reached following ongoing discussions with TDOC officials as the Department considered its options for the continued operation of SCCF beyond the current contract term that was set to expire at the end of June.
“We greatly appreciate our longstanding partnership with TDOC and value the trust they’ve placed in us for more than three decades at SCCF. We’re extremely proud of the SCCF team – including teachers, counselors, chaplains, correctional officers and many other professionals – who have helped thousands of individuals achieve success in work and life after incarceration, whether that’s helping them earn a GED or vocational certificate or address substance use challenges. We’re also grateful for the community support we’ve gotten from Clifton and the surrounding area. We look forward to continuing our work with TDOC at SCCF.”
The CoreCivic statement is great in that it confirms the prison will remain in operation, but questions remain as to changes that will or already have been made. Will employees that have already left be able to return? Will the facility continue to house the same number of inmates? Will vocational programs remain, or will new ones be introduced?
All these questions, and more, will hopefully be answered in time. In our conversation with Brian Todd- CoreCivic Public Affairs, he stated, “It would be irresponsible for CoreCivic to provide information until it is confirmed to be factual. I certainly appreciate the role and the dedication of you and your newspaper to inform the members of your community.”
The bottom line is that everyone affiliated with the prison, along with the City of Clifton and the county, can breathe a sigh of relief upon learning the prison will remain open until 2025. We will continue to follow this story closely, and we will let our readers know of any updates as soon as we get them.