Taft Correctional Institution is a low-security federal prison for male inmates located in Taft, Kern County, California, owned by the BOP and operated by Management and Training Corporation under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  It also includes a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male inmates. The facility opened in 1997 as the first private prison contract of the FBOP; the facility was operated by the GEO Group. In August 2016, Justice Department officials announced that the FBOP would be phasing out its use of contracted facilities, on the grounds that private prisons provided less safe and less effective services with no substantial cost savings. The agency expects to allow current contracts on its thirteen remaining private facilities to expire.