Exhibit 99.1
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Contact:
  Richard Hallworth   Michael W. Taylor
 
  President and Chief   Executive Vice President
 
       Executive Officer        and Chief Financial Officer
 
  (615) 373-3100   (615) 373-3100
AMERICA SERVICE GROUP ANNOUNCES
FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END RESULTS
 
Company Provides Initial Guidance for Full-Year 2009 Results
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
 
Net income of $1.2 million in the quarter, as compared with a net loss of $685,000 in the prior year quarter
 
 
Increase in gross margin from continuing contracts to 8.2% of healthcare revenues in the quarter, as compared with 4.1% in the prior year quarter
 
 
Increase in Adjusted EBITDA to $3.8 million in the quarter, as compared with $1.2 million in the prior year quarter
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents of $24.9 million at December 31, 2008
 
 
No debt outstanding at December 31, 2008
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee (March 3, 2009) — America Service Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ASGR) announced today results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008, and announced its initial guidance for full-year 2009 results.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Richard Hallworth, president and chief executive officer of America Service Group, said, “I am very pleased with our financial performance, strong cash position and debt-free balance sheet. We have never been in such a strong financial and operational position as we are today. As governments manage in these turbulent economic times, our financial stability and proven cost-effective, high-quality management of the healthcare needs of the corrections population give us a competitive edge.”
FAS 144 Impact on Income Statement Presentation Format
As noted in its 2007 annual report on Form 10-K, the Company is applying the discontinued operations provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144 (“FAS 144”) to all service contracts that expire subsequent to January 1, 2002. FAS 144 requires the Company to follow the income statement presentation format described in FAS 144. The results of operations of contracts that expire, less applicable income taxes, are classified on the Company’s consolidated statements of operations separately from continuing operations. The presentation prescribed for discontinued operations requires the collapsing of healthcare revenues and expenses, as well as other specifically identifiable costs, into the income or loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes. Items such as indirect selling, general and administrative expenses or interest expense cannot be allocated to expired contracts. The application of the FAS 144 accounting presentation to expired contracts has no impact on net income, earnings per share, total cash flows or stockholders’ equity.
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