McRae Correctional Institution

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McRae Correctional Facility
Location1000 Jim Hammock Drive
McRae-Helena, Georgia
Security classlow security
Managed byCoreCivic

McRae Correctional Facility is a privately managed, low-security prison for men, owned and operated by the CoreCivic since 2000 under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for federal prisoners. [1]

The maximum capacity of the prison is 2275. It stands in McRae-Helena, Telfair County, Georgia.[2]

In 2014 Azadeh N. Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia reported that McRae and another private federal prison in Georgia showed "a record of violations of constitutional and Bureau of Prisons standards governing the medical treatment of prisoners" and other issues. McRae is known as a "criminal alien requirement" (CAR) prison, meaning that it houses only non-citizen prisoners who will face deportation once they complete their sentences.[3][4]

In August 2016, Justice Department officials announced that the FBOP would be phasing out its use of contracted facilities, on the grounds that private prisons provided less safe and less effective services with no substantial cost savings. The agency expects to allow current contracts on its thirteen remaining private facilities to expire.[5]

Notable Inmates[edit]

Jamaican musician Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton[6]


  1. ^ "McRae Correctional Institution". CoreCivic. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  2. ^ "McRae Correctional Institution". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Report Shows Federal Bureau of Prisons Incentivizes Mistreatment, Shields Immigrant Prisons from Scrutiny". ACLU of Georgia. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private Prison Industry". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. ^ Zapotosky, Matt (18 Aug 2016). "Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Early release for Buju Banton". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2018-07-10.

Coordinates: 32°03′16″N 82°52′39″W / 32.054391°N 82.877567°W / 32.054391; -82.877567