Governor Ivey Announces Respondents for Alabama Prison Program Request for Qualifications

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) are pleased that several developer teams have responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by submitting a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) to improve the state’s prison infrastructure.

“The first steps in my plan to revitalize Alabama’s prisons are to generate interest from qualified developer teams, and we have been successful,” Governor Ivey said. “We must continue working together to ensure that this plan is propelled forward with consistent momentum as there is a significant need for new infrastructure.”

The RFQ was issued by the ADOC on June 27, and the SOQs were opened on August 26 at the Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery. The following five developer teams responded to the RFQ:

  • The GEO Group, Inc.
  • Corvias, LLC
  • Corrections Consultants, LLC
  • CoreCivic, Inc.
  • Alabama Prison Transformation Partners

“The Governor’s Office, my staff and project team are very pleased with the SOQ response and look forward to continuing the procurement process, as that will bring us one step closer to substantive change and transformation for prisons in Alabama,” ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said.

Participation in the RFQ process was mandatory and required interested developer teams to respond and submit a SOQ to demonstrate the team’s financial capacity and technical expertise. This process provides structure to protect the interests of the State of Alabama, ensuring that only qualified developer teams are permitted to participate in the proposal process. This pre-qualification process is used on many Alabama public works construction projects.

The ADOC, the Alabama Building Commission and the Alabama Department of Finance, with support from third-party experts HPM and CGL, will evaluate the SOQs and notify those who are selected to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The ADOC anticipates a Request for Proposals to be issued to qualified developer teams this fall with receipt of proposals for the new prisons in early 2020.

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About Alabama’s Prison Program Alabama is revitalizing its corrections system by replacing prison facilities that pose the greatest risk to public safety, place the largest financial burdens on taxpayers, and inhibit development of programs for inmate rehabilitation. Governor Kay Ivey is leading this change, fulfilling campaign promises to improve the state’s infrastructure and reduce public safety risks. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is working with Alabama-based public works professionals, HPM, which has partnered with national prison and correctional system experts, CGL. These improvements are part of Alabama’s commitment to reduce overcrowding and facilitate statewide prison reform which will save money, make prisons safer, reduce recidivism and improve public safety.