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 CORAL GABLES, Fla., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Wackenhut Corrections Corporation is a participant in a joint venture company which has been awarded a contract by the Home Office of the United Kingdom to operate a newly constructed federal prison to house 771 adult and youth offenders.
 A five-year, approximately $98 million contract for the management of HM Prison Doncaster was awarded to Premier Prison Services, Ltd., a joint venture between Wackenhut Corrections Corporation and Serco, Ltd., a prominent service contractor to government and industry with a long- standing record of successful and diverse contract management in the United Kingdom.
 Wackenhut Corrections is a leading prison management and development company, and presently manages ten prisons in the United States and two in Australia. It is a subsidiary of The Wackenhut Corporation (NYSE: WAK), one of the world's largest providers of security-related services.
 George C. Zoley, President of Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, commented on the contract and said, "Our partnership with Serco for this important government contract brings unparalleled resources and expertise together in order to provide not only essential services in a cost efficient manner, but also complete consideration of inmate well- being."
 Located in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster, the prison is the largest of three prisons in the United Kingdom to have privatized management. It is expected to begin housing inmates in mid-summer, 1994, after the company completes the hiring and training of staff members, procures and installs equipment, and establishes procedures for its operations.
 Premier Prison Services will be responsible, under Prison Service monitoring, for the entire operation, including security, welfare and the education and training of prisoners. The prison includes a secure Health Care Centre and a Young Offenders Institution. This specialist unit will provide training, counseling and rehabilitation for longer term, sentenced young offenders.
 In announcing the contract award, Derek Lewis, the Director General of the Prison Service, said, "We received five bids to manage Doncaster, following the issue of Invitations to Tender on 16 July 1993. After detailed and careful consideration of these proposals, I am pleased to announce that the Prisons Board has agreed to award the contract to Premier Prisons Services Limited."
 According to Dr. George Gray, Board Chairman for Premier Prison Services Limited, HM Prison Doncaster will have a clear mission: "We aim to maintain a secure and active environment for the remand, convicted and sentenced prisoners in our care and to provide all our prisoners with meaningful opportunities for self-improvement and a successful return to the community."
 Premier Prison Services Limited is a joint venture company formed to operate management contracts within the Prison Service. The company is wholly owned by Wackenhut Corrections Corporation and Serco Limited, a publicly owned company traded on the London Stock Exchange.
 The Wackenhut Corporation, based in Coral Gables, FL, was founded in 1954 by George R. Wackenhut, a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and presently has 43,000 employees at offices and project sites in fifty countries on six continents. It is a publicly owned company and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
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 /CONTACT: (U.S.) Patrick F. Cannan of the Wackenhut Corporation, 305-666-5656; or (U.K.) Kevin Rogers of Premier Prison Services, Ltd., 0932-770519/

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