Fostering Meaningful Careers

Fostering Meaningful Careers

Every day, CCA’s more than 13,000 professionals – including chaplains, nurses, teachers and corrections officers – manage safe, humane and cost-effective corrections facilities for government partners of all levels. As they work to provide this important public service, our company works to ensure that they:

Work in a safe environment

Safety and security is our top priority at CCA. We consistently comply with the federal, state and local workplace safety requirements that apply to our facilities. Additionally, the independent American Correctional Association (ACA) routinely audits CCA facilities regarding safety, as well as a number of other competencies, and 93 percent of our facilities are ACA-accredited with an average score of 99.2 percent. Through policies, training, awareness and support initiatives, we strive to ensure the physical, mental and emotional wellness of our employees at all times.

Have a voice

We encourage and provide meaningful ways for employees to voice their concerns, ideas and grievances. Through our continuous improvement initiative, array of communications channels, grievance and peer review programs, open door policy and ethics helpline, we seek to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard.

Embrace diversity

CCA takes affirmative measures to promote the employment of qualified minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities and older persons in positions at all organizational levels. Our employee base reflects the statistical diversity of our nation, consistently meeting and often exceeding national averages for minority labor force participation. Also, we take affirmative measures to subcontract with small businesses and women, minority and veteran owned businesses.

Receive effective training

We are committed to preparing our employees to do their jobs safely and effectively. Our security professionals generally receive a minimum of 200 hours of paid training during their first year of employment, followed by a minimum of 40 hours every year thereafter. Depending on our government partners and other factors, training often exceeds this.

Enjoy competitive benefits

Through medical, dental and vision health insurance options, 401(k) retirement savings plans, paid time off, college savings plans and other benefits, we believe in providing competitive private sector benefits.

Support our nation’s armed services

In addition to being perennially named by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly Employer”® we seek to show our support for our military men and women in a number of ways. Notably, our facilities participate in the CCA Patriot Packages program, which collects and sends items to active duty service members.

Advance their careers

CCA believes in providing opportunities for people to grow with our company. Many of our company’s management team have risen through the ranks of the organization, including our CEO, Damon Hininger, who started his career as a correctional officer. In 2011 alone, we promoted more than 935 employees throughout our organization. Additionally, we offer many careers outside our security professionals, including chaplains, teachers, principals and nurses. We remain committed to maintaining our employees’ awareness of promotional and development opportunities.

Have the support of their team

CCA has established several assistance programs designed to support employees in times of personal or professional need. Through intervention and education on various topics, we take a proactive approach to fostering our employees' coping skills to help prepare them for challenging situations inside and outside our facilities. These efforts result in a CCA workforce that is better prepared when challenges arise.

  • CCAssist – This program, funded by company and employee contributions, provides financial assistance in the form of grants to employees impacted by serious, life-changing events. Examples include loss resulting from natural disasters and death or serious injury/illness.

  • CISM – The Critical Incident Stress Management Program is a crisis response system for employees involved in critical incidents, and is administered by professionally trained staff and teams.

  • EAP – The Employee Assistance Program is a free telephone-based service offered to employees that provides 24-hour confidential, professional counseling services for employees on a wide range of personal and professional issues.

Additionally, when CCA opens a facility in a community, it often generates hundreds of good, stable jobs and a significant economic boost for local businesses. In Millen, Ga., for example, the opening of our Jenkins County Correctional Center brought much-needed jobs and economic revival to a town that had been severely impacted by the economic downturn.

Employee Rights

Our facilities are staffed by dedicated corrections professionals, including correctional officers, chaplains, teachers, nurses and counselors. We promote equal opportunity for our employees without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law in recruiting, hiring, and all other terms and conditions of employment. We work to prevent harassment due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation and from retaliation. We endeavor to respect and promote diversity in our ranks. We recognize employee freedom of association and we support the right of employees to decide freely if they want to be represented by a labor union.