Whiteville Correctional Facility

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Whiteville Correctional Facility
Location1440 Union Springs Road
Whiteville, Tennessee
Security classmedium security
Managed byCoreCivic

Whiteville Correctional Facility is a privately operated prison for men located in Whiteville, Hardeman County, Tennessee. The facility opened in 2002 and has a capacity of 1536 medium-security inmates.[1][2]

As of 2016, Tennessee houses state inmates in four private prisons.[3] The state's Private Prison Contracting Act of 1986, however, authorizes one single private prison for state inmates.[4] As of 2016 Tennessee technically contracts directly with CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) for inmates held at South Central Correctional Facility. For Whiteville and two others, the state circumvents the statute by contracting with the local county. In turn the county signs an agreement with CoreCivic.[5]

Whiteville is the location of another prison, the Hardeman County Correctional Center, less than a mile south of Whiteville Correctional Facility on the same road. It is also owned and operated by CoreCivic, opened in 1997, and also houses medium-security prisoners for the state.[6]


  1. ^ "CoreCivic: Better the Public Good".
  2. ^ "Tennessee Department of Correction - Whiteville Correctional Facility". www.tn.gov. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13.
  3. ^ "State Prison List". Tennessee Department of Correction. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ "2014 Tennessee Code Title 41 - Correctional Institutions and Inmates Chapter 24 - Private Prison Contracting Act of 1986 § 41-24-103 - Contracts for correctional services". Justia. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ Walton, Judy (16 August 2016). "U.S. to end private prison contracts; impact on Hamilton County facility unknown". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Tennessee Department of Correction - Hardeman County Correctional Facility". www.tn.gov. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13.

Coordinates: 35°17′58″N 89°09′08″W / 35.299530°N 89.152154°W / 35.299530; -89.152154