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Littlefield Revealed for In-Correct Care

In a damning exposé, the Texas Observer reported on the insufficient treatment and inhumane conditions at Texas Civil Commitment Center in Littlefield, Texas. The Texas Civil Commitment Center is a lockdown facility for men who have been convicted of sex offenses, operated by Correct Care Recovery Solutions in the former Bill Clayton Detention Center. The story highlights the scandal of the “Treatment Industrial Complex,” the encroachment of for-profit prison contract to exploit new markets in healthcare, treatment, and re-entry.

While the facility operates with the principle to be restorative for people who have already served prison sentences, the center resembles a prison in every aspect and violates constitutional requisites. Littlefield lacks treatment for prisoners with no end date to their incarceration. “It’s got to be the worst therapeutic program in the history of sex offender treatment, far and away,” said Scott Pawgan, an attorney in Conroe.

In a blog by Cate Graziani with Grassroots Leadership, she commented on the article: “The specifics of the Littlefield story should horrify you. In 2015, about 200 men who had already completed their prison sentence were rounded up and dumped in a private prison in remote Texas, where most will be locked up for the rest of their lives. Under the guise of a civil treatment program, Correct Care runs a for-profit prison, from which almost no one will ever be released.”

The Bill Clayton Detention Center closed in 2009 when the GEO Group pulled out of the contract, leaving the City of Littlefield with a burden of debt. The Texas State Legislature awarded the contract to Correct Care Recovery Solutions (formerly GEO Care) in 2015. “Correct Care Recovery Solutions (CCRS), formerly known as GEO Care, is a spin-off corporation of GEO Group, the same corporation that operated the facility until 2009. This contract seems a consolation prize for CCRS, who lost the bid to take over Terrell State Hospital earlier this year,” Graziani wrote for Texas Prison Bid’ness in 2015.

This facility, the center of the state’s civil commitment program, its operator Correct Care Recovery Solutions has a history of scandals. “We had just told the state all about this company’s track record of serious problems, and then we turn around and they’re putting people in Littlefield months later,” Graziani told the Observer.

For more information on the Treatment Industrial Complex, see the report from 2016: “InCorrect Care: A Prison Profiteer Turns Care into Confinement.”

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