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Webb County Rejects Cornell's Offer to Buy Detention Center

According to the Laredo Morning Times ("County Backs Off," 3/26), Webb County has rejected an offer by private prison corporation Cornell Companies to buy the county's former youth detention center.

The Webb County Commissioners Court unanimously voted Tuesday to rescind all action taken with respect to an earnest-money contract approved earlier this month with Cornell Correction of California for the sale of the Webb County Juvenile Detention Center.The decision means the private corrections company will not immediately purchase the facility, in the 4100 block of Juarez Avenue, for a rehabilitation center for federal prisoners.

Nick reported that members of the Laredo Independent School District had opposed the facility being located so close to a school. Apparently those concerns won out. Cornell representatives are quoted in the story as saying the lines of communication are still open, so this story might not be over.