1. CCA takeover would make Harris County Jail largest private prisonIn related news, at this point the McLennan County Jail in Waco appears cursed by the foolish management decision to build excess capacity and let a private company manage the facility. Now they're stuck with an empty, money-losing jail and a management contractor accused of abuse that recently cost them an immigration contract with the feds. Reported KXXV-TV (Dec. 27):
2. Resistance to private immigrant detention centers grows
3. ALEC and private prison lobbying exposed
4. ICE's 'detention reforms' benefit private prison contractors
5. Lawmakers attempt to privatize state jails
The ICE investigation must have come up with something if they transferred all their inmates as a result, so I suspect there's more than "rumors" behind the decision to remove them. It's difficult to feel sorry for McLennan County commissioners, who brought this on themselves, but of course it's taxpayers who bear the true burden. This star-crossed project was ill-conceived from the beginning, with today's financial woes mere recompense for commissioners' decision to gamble with taxpayer money on unneeded, speculative jail construction.The McLennan County Commissioners Court is giving Community Education Centers (CEC), a third party management company, more time to generate revenue at one local jail, despite their company being accused of abuse at another area facility.
County commissioners decided to renew a contract with the CEC for the downtown McLennan County jail Tuesday morning. The jail is currently empty while improvements are being made to bring the facility to state guidelines.
The court agreed to extend the CEC's operation of the downtown jail just days after the county had learned about abuse claims from the McLennan County Jack Harwell Jail (another facility ran by the CEC).
"I really don't know what is involved till we get the facts in," said Kelly Snell, McLennan County Commissioner. "I can't speculate on rumors."
The rumors include complaints filed by inmates about not receiving medical treatment and proper care while in the Harwell facility.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently moved all 80 of their existing inmates out of that facility after it investigated those complaints.
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