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Private Sector Contractors Working To Address Risk Of Coronavirus

March 6, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Day 1 Alliance, the trade association representing private sector contractors working in corrections and immigration, released the following statement on members’ work with their government partners to prepare and respond to the potential risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The founding members of the Day 1 Alliance (D1A) are CoreCivic, The GEO Group, and Management & Training Corporation (MTC).

As longtime partners of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, and numerous state corrections agencies, D1A members are acutely aware of the government protocols for dealing with potential pandemics. Our members and government partners conduct regular drills and other exercises to ensure staff are properly trained and the necessary resources are in place should they be required.

Our member facilities have protocols in place to mitigate contagious diseases that involve treating and isolating individuals when necessary to minimize the risk of exposure to staff and those in their care while ensuring those affected receive the care they need.

“Our members are working closely with their government partners as well as federal, state and local health officials to prepare for the potential threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus to both the individuals in our care and our thousands of dedicated staff members,” said Alexandra Wilkes, National Spokesperson for the Day 1 Alliance. “It is important to remember that our corrections and immigration processing facilities have always been required to have comprehensive plans and protocols in place to address the threat of contagious diseases and illnesses. Our number-one priority is the health and safety of those in our members’ care and their staff.”

About the Day 1 Alliance:

The Day 1 Alliance (D1A) is a trade association representing private sector contractors helping government agencies address corrections and detention challenges in the United States. For more than 35 years, D1A members have worked with local, state, and federal governments led by members of both political parties to provide professional, humane, and respectful treatment to incarcerated and detained individuals. From day one, we understand we have a responsibility to provide safe and dignified care to those in our facilities. D1A members do not lobby for or against policies, regulations, or legislation that impact the basis for or duration of an individual’s incarceration or detention.

The founding members of the Day 1 Alliance are CoreCivic, The GEO Group, and Management & Training Corporation.

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