By MATT BLOIS
The private prison company CoreCivic, which is preparing to move its headquarters to Brentwood this year, has created a nonprofit foundation to reduce recidivism.
The company previously raised money to support programs combating recidivism through a fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit that collects donations for a variety of charitable projects.
We are proud to announce the establishment of the CoreCivic Foundation, providing recidivism-reducing support to our communities. Chief Development Officer Tony Grande explains this key part of our mission to #BetterThePublicGood. https://t.co/hc9Qi4tWuz
— CoreCivic (@CoreCivic) January 10, 2019
The new foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The company announced the formation of the foundation on January 7. Internal Revenue service certified the organization as a nonprofit on June 19, 2018.
In a press release, the company reported that it raised more than half a million dollars at a charity golf tournament in October 2018 for organizations serving former offenders, victims of crime and underserved youth.
The company specifically highlighted its contributions to the nonprofit group Men of Valor, whose mission is to prepare men to reenter society after prison.
That’s the same organization that Gov.-elect Bill Lee highlighted in September during his campaign for governor. Lee is a member of the organization’s board of directors. According to a report by the Tennessean, Lee called the group a model for reducing recidivism.
I was honored to speak today at the opening of Valor Ridge, a facility that will house newly released ex-offenders in Nashville. Over 95% of those who are incarcerated reenter society, and organizations like @MOVnashville help them get back to being productive citizens. pic.twitter.com/Y6AUUTQc6N
— Bill Lee (@BillLeeTN) September 18, 2018
In addition to making donations to organizations trying to reduce recidivism, Chief Development Officer Tony Grande noted in a press release that the company also donates furniture built in a prison workshop to Habitat for Humanity.