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The GEO Group Receives Favorable Private Letter Ruling From Internal Revenue Service; Elects REIT Status And Declares First Quarterly REIT Cash Dividend Of $0.50 Per Share

GEO retained Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Akerman Senterfitt as legal advisors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital as financial co-advisors, and Deloitte, LLP as accounting advisors to assist in GEO’s REIT conversion. The opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP was based on various assumptions relating to GEO’s organization and operation, and was conditioned upon fact-based representations made by GEO’s management regarding GEO’s organization, assets, and income, and the present and future conduct of GEO’s business operations.

About The GEO Group, Inc.

The GEO Group, Inc. is the world's leading diversified provider of correctional, detention, and community reentry services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include 18,000 employees, 101 correctional, detention and community reentry facilities, including projects under development, and 73,000 owned and/or managed beds.

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results. Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: (1) GEO's ability to meet its financial guidance given the various risks to which its business is exposed; (2) GEO's ability to declare future cash dividends; (3) GEO's ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to create shareholder value; (4) risks associated with GEO's ability to control operating costs associated with contract start-ups; (5) GEO's ability to timely open facilities as planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such facilities into GEO's operations without substantial costs; (6) GEO's ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals and to retain existing management contracts; (7) GEO's ability to obtain future financing on acceptable terms; (8) GEO's ability to sustain company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; (9) GEO's ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; and (10) other factors contained in GEO's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

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