EX-8.1 10 d12605dex81.htm EX-8.1 EX-8.1

Exhibit 8.1

October 30, 2020


The GEO Group, Inc.

4955 Technology Way

Boca Raton, Florida 33431



Certain United States Federal Income Tax Matters

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as United States federal income tax counsel to The GEO Group, Inc., a Florida corporation (“GEO”) and the subsidiary guarantors of GEO set forth in the Registration Statement (as defined below) (the “Subsidiary Guarantors” and, together with GEO, the “Registrants”), in connection with the preparation and filing by the Registrants of a registration statement on Form S-3 (the “Registration Statement”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) relating to the offering from time to time, pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act, of (i) common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of GEO (the “Common Stock”), (ii) preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, of GEO (the “Preferred Stock”), (iii) debt securities of GEO (the “Debt Securities”) which may be senior or subordinated, (iv) guarantees of the Debt Securities (the “Guarantees”) by one or more of the Subsidiary Guarantors, (v) warrants to purchase Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Debt Securities or any combination thereof (the “Warrants”), and (vi) units consisting of one or more of GEO’s Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Debt Securities or Warrants, or any combination of those securities (the “Units” and, together with the Common Stock, the Preferred Stock, the Debt Securities, the Guarantees and the Warrants, the “Securities”). The offering of the Securities will be as set forth in the prospectus forming a part of the Registration Statement (the “Prospectus”), as supplemented by one or more supplements to the Prospectus (each supplement, a “Prospectus Supplement”). The delivery of this letter is not intended to create, nor shall it create, an attorney client relationship with you or any party except GEO.

The GEO Group, Inc.

October 30, 2020

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In connection with this opinion, we have examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the Registration Statement and such other documents, certificates and records as we have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinion set forth herein. In addition, GEO has provided us with, and we are relying upon, a certificate containing certain factual statements, factual representations and covenants of officers of GEO (the “Officers’ Certificate”) relating to, among other things, the actual and proposed operations of GEO and the entities in which it holds, or has held, a direct or indirect interest (collectively, the “Company”). These representations and covenants relate, in some cases, to transactions and investments for which we did not act as the Company’s primary counsel. In particular, we note that the Company may engage in transactions in which we have not provided legal advice, and have not reviewed, and of which we may be unaware. For purposes of our opinion, we have not independently verified all of the facts, statements, representations and covenants set forth in the Officers’ Certificate, the Prospectus Supplement, or in any other document. We have, consequently, assumed and relied on GEO’s representation that the statements, representations and covenants contained in the Officers’ Certificate and the Prospectus Supplement accurately and completely describe all material facts relevant to such statements, representations and covenants. We have assumed that such facts, statements, representations and covenants are true without regard to any qualification as to knowledge, belief, intent or materiality. Our opinion is conditioned on the continuing accuracy and completeness of such facts, statements, representations and covenants. We are not aware of any facts inconsistent with such statements, representations and covenants. Any material change or inaccuracy in the facts referred to, set forth or assumed herein or in the Officers’ Certificate, including the correctness of any such prior legal opinion, may affect our conclusions set forth herein.

In our review of certain documents in connection with our opinion as expressed below, we have assumed the legal capacity of all natural persons, the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified, conformed, photostatic or electronic copies, and the authenticity of the originals of such copies. Where documents have been provided to us in draft form, we have assumed that the final executed versions of such documents will not differ materially from such drafts.

The GEO Group, Inc.

October 30, 2020

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Our opinion is also based on the correctness of the following assumptions: (i) GEO and each of the entities comprising the Company has been and will continue to be operated in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which it was formed and in the manner described in the relevant organizational documents, (ii) there will be no changes in the applicable laws of the State of Florida or of any other jurisdiction under the laws of which any of the entities comprising the Company have been formed and (iii) each of the written agreements to which the Company is a party has been and will be implemented, construed and enforced in accordance with its terms.

In rendering our opinion, we have considered and relied upon the upon the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the regulations promulgated thereunder (“Regulations”), administrative rulings and other interpretations of the Code and the Regulations by the courts and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), all as they exist at the date hereof. It should be noted that the Code, Regulations, judicial decisions, and administrative interpretations are subject to change at any time and, in some circumstances, with retroactive effect. A material change that is made after the date hereof in any of the foregoing bases for our opinion could affect our conclusions set forth herein. There can be no assurance, moreover, that our opinion will be accepted by the IRS or, if challenged, by a court.

Based on and subject to the foregoing, we are of the opinion that, commencing with GEO’s taxable year ended on December 31, 2013, GEO has been organized and operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification as a REIT under the Code, and its actual method of operation through the date of this letter has enabled, and its proposed method of operation will continue to enable, it to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code thereafter. As noted in the Registration Statement, GEO’s qualification and taxation as a REIT depend upon its ability to meet, through actual operating results, certain requirements relating to the sources of its income, the nature of its assets, distribution levels and diversity of stock ownership, and various other qualification tests imposed under the Code, the results of which are not reviewed by us. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that the actual results of GEO’s operation for any one taxable year will satisfy the requirements for taxation as a REIT under the Code.

This opinion is furnished to each of you in connection with the Registration Statement. This opinion may not be relied upon by anyone else without our prior written consent. We also hereby consent to the reference to our firm under the headings “United States Federal Income Tax Considerations” and “Legal Matters” in the Registration Statement. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the Rules and Regulations.

The GEO Group, Inc.

October 30, 2020

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Except as set forth above, we express no other opinion. This opinion is expressed as of the date hereof, and we are under no obligation to supplement or revise our opinion to reflect any legal developments or factual matters arising subsequent to the date hereof, or the impact of any information, document, certificate, record, statement, representation, covenant or assumption relied upon herein that becomes incorrect or untrue.


Very truly yours,
/s/ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP