Articles Archive for January 2008
Commissioners in Williamson County are considering adding as many as 250 immigrant women to the population held at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, Texas. The women will be detained there along with about 250 other women and children who are awaiting hearings and possible deportation for being in violation of legal immigration status.
The county’s decision follows the close of an FBI investigation into an alleged rape of a female detainee by one of the guards at the privately operated facility. The guard was fired, but the …
Corrections Corporation of America celebrated its 25th anniversary as the founder of the corrections management industry.
According to a press release: its founders Tom Beasley, Don Hutto and Doctor Crants faced with some challenging and controversial questions:
Could a service traditionally administered by government be successfully managed by the private sector? Could budget-strapped governments address other public priorities, like schools or public works, if they benefited from cost savings in corrections? Would agencies’ respective policies and protocols be seamlessly incorporated under the private model? Would the private sector successfully respond to the …
According to the press release, GEO Group has executed a 20-year contract, inclusive of three five-year option periods, effective January 2, 2008 with the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (”OFDT”) for the housing of up to 768 U.S. Marshals Service (”USMS”) detainees at the Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility (the “Facility”) located in Clayton County, Georgia (the “County”). GEO leases the Facility from the County under a 20-year agreement, with two five-year renewal options. The Facility currently has a capacity of 576 beds, and GEO has begun construction on …
Overwhelming opposition met a proposal from Louisiana-based Emerald Correctional Management LLC for a $30 million, 1,000-bed facility that would be used to separately house men and women who had been detained as illegal immigrants.
According to one commissioner Joe Roland, “the commissioners were told that funding would come from private sources and that the facility would bring in 200 to 225 jobs with an annual payroll of $4 to $5 million.”
After some debate, expectations are strong that Gaston County in South Carolina will become the latest county to agree to host a new immigrant detention center for ICE. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants the facility to hold 1,500 beds. It would create at least 300 jobs, with the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office running the jail. The Charlotte Observer reports U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick helped steer the facility to Gaston County after fearing her first choice would fall through.
Tent City, an immigrant detention center in Raymondville, Texas that is the largest center in the country with 2,000 beds will expand to include1,000 beds. Management and Training Corp. holds the contract with Willacy County and ICE. Bonds are used to front the construction. The county will borrow about $45 million to expand the detention center, selling municipal revenue bonds to investors who will fund the project.