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Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. Appoints Dr. Charles W. Thomas to Its Board of Directors.

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OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2001

Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: CITY), a leading owner and operator of private community correctional operations and specialized alternative programming, announced today the appointment of Dr. Charles W. Thomas to the Avalon Correctional Services Board of Directors.

Dr. Thomas received his B.S. degree from McMurry University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Thomas served on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William and Mary, and Bowling Green State University before becoming a Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Florida in 1980. He retired from the University of Florida in 1999 to pursue other business interests, but he continues to publish results of his on-going research on the economic, legal, and public policy aspects of privatization.

Dr. Thomas served as a director of Prison Realty Trust, Inc. from 1997 until the merger of Prison Realty Trust with the Corrections Corporation of America in October of 2000 and as a director of the Corrections Corporation of America from the date of the merger until December of 2000. He is frequently called upon to advise major corrections companies, as well as government agencies, on financial, legal, and operational issues of relevance to the private corrections industry. He also is a member of the Research Committee of the Association of Private Correctional and Treatment Organizations, the recently formed trade association that was created to represent the interests of private providers of correctional services.

"Dr. Thomas' wealth of experience and business expertise is a tremendous resource for Avalon," said Donald Smith, President and CEO. "Dr. Thomas will assist us as we continue to grow our community corrections business and to explore new opportunities in the field of corrections. It is an honor for us to have a nationally recognized figure such as Dr. Thomas on our Board of Directors."

Avalon Correctional Services, Inc. is a leading developer and manager of privatized community correctional facilities and alternative correctional programming in the United States. Avalon currently has a total offender capacity of 1,700 beds in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas, in addition to providing specialized alternative programming for approximately 1,000 offenders. For more information about Avalon, contact our web site at www.avaloncorrections.com or call 1-800/919-9113.
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