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Staffing Problems at GEO's Pearsall Detention Center?

Via a tip from our friend Frank Smith at the Private Corrections Institute, it appears that the GEO Group is having some pretty serious staffing problems at the South Texas Detention Center, an immigration holding center in Pearsall, Texas. According to GEO Group's website, positions are currently open as:

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Training Administrator
  • Grievance Coordinator
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Business Manager
  • Assistant Shift Supervisor
  • Assistant Business Manager
  • Assistant Facility Administrator
  • Chief of Intake
  • Food Service Cook
  • Inmate Accounts Clerk
  • Major
  • Lieutenant
  • Detention Officers
  • Shift Supervisor Lieutenant
  • Maintenance Technician

As Scott Hensen at Grits for Breakfast has reported, staffing problems run deep in both Texas prisons and juvenile facilities. Pearsall has its own challenges when it comest to staffing the 1,900 bed detention center. The town of 7,000 is located 55 miles south of San Antonio, with no major population centers nearby. Staffing problems at prisons and detention centers can lead to less effective and more volatile prison conditions.

As we've reported, despite protests and controversy (including an upcoming OAS report and cases indicating a lack of mental health care at the Pearsall detention center), private prison corporations continue to profit from the boom in immigrant detention beds, including longer detention of asylum-seekers.

We'll keep you updated on developments from Pearsall and GEO's other Texas prisons.

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