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Williamson County Commissioners to Discuss Hutto Prison for Profit

A special Williamson County Commission meeting this Tuesday morning will allow comment on the T. Don Hutto lockup and Williamson County's relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Corrections Corporation of America.

Excerpt from the email from Sherry Dana:

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
WILLIAMSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT
AUGUST 14TH, 2007

The Commissioner’s Court of Williamson County, Texas will meet in special session on Tuesday, Aug. 14th, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in the Justice of the Peace, Pct. #3 Courtroom, 301 S.E. Inner Loop, in Georgetown, Texas to consider the following items:

2. Citizen comments. Except when public hearings are scheduled for later in the meeting, this will be the only opportunity for citizen input. The Court invites comments on any matter affecting the county, whether on the Agenda or not. Speakers should limit their comments to two minutes. Note that the members of the Court may not comment at the meeting about matters that are not on the agenda.

46. Discuss contractual relationships expressed in both the Inter-Governmental Service Agreement between the United States Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Williamson County, Texas and in the operation Agreement between Williamson County, Texas and Corrections Corporation of America concerning the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility (EXECUTIVE SESSION as per VTCA Govt. Code sec. 551.071 consultation with attorney.)

50. Discuss and take appropriate action on contractual relationships expressed in both the Inter-Governmental Service Agreement between the United States Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Williamson County, Texas and in the operation Agreement between Williamson County, Texas and Corrections Corporation of America concerning the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility.

The contractual arrangements they are talking about is that Williamson County has subcontracted all the operation of the Hutto lockup to CCA, and is receiving $1 per day per prisoner in the Hutto prison, which means that the county is drawing income off the incarceration of young children. The Hutto lockup has many critics including the judge hearing the lawsuit filed by several families, at least two editorial boards, and the many protesters who keep showing up there.

And mark your calendars: next Hutto protest is August 18th.