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MTC Prison Populations Growing, Partially Off Texas Expansion

Management and Training Corporation, a private prison corporation operating several prisons in Texas, has posted "tremendous growth" according to company statement posted online last month.

Part of that growth is due to the expansion of the Willacy County "tent city" detention center in Raymondville. According to the statement,

The Willacy County Texas Commissioners Court approved the IGSA with the Department of Homeland Security for a 1086-bed expansion of the Willacy ICE facility. The targeted start-up for that project is January 2008.

The statement doesn't mention that Willacy County went another $50 million in debt to fund this expansion. That debt, added to the county's already staggering debt from previous prison projects, means the county is $8,700 in debt for every person residing in Willacy County.

The statement also doesn't mention the numerous cases of maggots found in prisoners' food or the protests and prayers held outside the prison.

Another protest walk to the detention center is scheduled for later this week: From the Texas Civil Rights Review,

Raymondville Walk II. October 26-27. Friday and Saturday. From the Harlingen Travel Center to Raymondville, the seat of the corruption ridden Willacy County Commissioners Court.

The MTC statement also says the company is planning to profit off of the expansion of the company's East Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility, which currently holds 300 parole offenders. According to the company,

Also in May, MTC completed construction of the 1160 bed East Texas ISF facility. The new construction added 860 beds. MTC is negotiating to fill up these additional beds with more ISF inmates or parolees.

We'll keep you updated on whether recent hearings on private prison operations and oversight will affect whether this MTC prison will be filled in the near future.

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