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Despite Problems, GEO Attains Contract for Maverick County Detention Center

Despite a string of operational problems at its Texas facilities, the GEO Group announced this week that it has signed a contract to build a 654 bed detention facility in Eagle Pass, Texas.

As readers of Texas Prison Bid'ness might remember, GEO has made headlines in the last few months after an Idaho inmate’s suicide at the GEO’s Dicken’s facility led the AP to report on the prison's “squalid conditions," a San Antonio inmate took hostages in GEO’s lock-up there using a paper gun, and GEO drew fire in Laredo over an apparent quid-pro-quo deal to build a 1,500 bed USMS contracted prison.

According to GEO’s statement, the prison will be financed using revenue bonds issued by a Public Facility Corporation, a quasi-governmenal agency that will hold liability for the facility’s financial success.

The GEO statement also quotes Maverick County Judge Jose Aranda as saying "This new facility will bring good paying jobs and economic development to our community. We look forward to the many benefits this project will provide our citizens over the coming years."

However, research by Dr. Greg Hooks at Washington State University has shown that prisons do not contribute to long-term economic development in rural areas. In fact, in slow-growing counties, prisons actually harm economic growth efforts. 

Maverick County officials might want to think twice before they mortgage the county's future to the GEO Group.

Comments

Recientemente estuve en la prisión de GEO Maverick con el Inmate number UM95551280 salí el 05/04/2012 a las 24:28 ST 002 CD 002 necesito saber cual es la condición de mi familiar que quedó aun preso, saber cuánto tiempo estará preso y cual es su estado su nombre es MANUEL ESPINOZA SALDAÑA GRACIAS

Hola Tomas, 

Lo siento por que pasado a ti y tu amigo. Puedes usar el ICE Detainee locator (https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do) a encontrar el. Puedes entrar su numero de caso o su pais de origen. Buena suerte. 

Recientemente estuve en la prisión de GEO Maverick con el Inmate number UM95551280 salí el 05/04/2012 a las 24:28 ST 002 CD 002 necesito saber cual es la condición de mi familiar que quedó aun preso, saber cuánto tiempo estará preso y cual es su estado su nombre es MANUEL ESPINOZA SALDAÑA GRACIAS