By MATT BLOIS
The prison health care company Corizon has renewed a medical services contract for a jail in Florida and hired an executive to run state operations.
The Brentwood company has worked with the Okaloosa County jail in Florida for 16 years. The new contract runs through 2022, with an option to extend through 2024. The jail has a daily population of about 800 inmates.
The company also hired a former government official to help run Corizon’s state operations. His title will be vice president of state operations.
Jason Terris worked at the Federal Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades. Most recently he was the warden of a prison in Michigan, overseeing 1,300 inmates. He has also worked as a warden at federal prisons in Florida and Kentucky.
Last month, Corizon named Mike Murphy senior vice president of state operations. Murphy worked at a private prison company in Utah for more than 20 years before coming to Corizon.
According to a press release, Terris and Murphy will be working together to manage health care for state-operated facilities in Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Wyoming and Tennessee.
“With correctional healthcare, corrections management, and federal experience, he is an ideal advocate for understanding our clients’ needs,” Murphy said, referring to Terris in a press release.
Earlier this month, Corizon hired corrections executive James Hyman to be the new CEO.