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April 2008

Man Escapes GEO Group's San Antonio Jail

KSAT ("Fugitive Escapes from Downtown Jail," April 1) reports that a man escaped the GEO Group's downtown San Antonio jail sometime on Sunday or Monday.  According to the story,  

A man who escaped from a jail facility downtown had quite a headstart on law enforcement.

Esequiel Pena escaped from the GEO Group Jail sometime between Sunday and Monday afternoons when he pulled open a recreation yard fence and climbed down an eight-story fire escape, according to a press release from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Pena was originally sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on weapons charges, but was awaiting transfer into a release program when he was at the facility, according to the release. He has a history of mental problems, according to the release.

We'll keep you posted on developments. 

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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.