Sun, 10/23/2016 - 6:00pm — Jake Crowther
Ector County will request over $8,500 in reimbursement from Community Education Centers Inc. (CEC) for damages to the courthouse that came from the jail on the second story, according to Odessa America
The damage reportedly came from plumbing issues in the federal lockup that is located on the second story of the Ector County courthouse. It was first reported in March 2016, when inmates started clogging toilets and damaging sewer lines in the Ector County Correctional Facility.
County commissioners are expected to vote Monday to send a demand letter to CEC for reimbursement of the cost of repairs. It is possible that the reimbursement will increase as the building maintenance staff submit more time and costs for the repairs.
Tue, 10/18/2016 - 6:00pm — Jake Crowther
According to Huffington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revised and renewed its' contract with a private company to keep operating the country's largest family detention center.
ICE renewed the contract with Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) to run the South Texas Family Residential Center for another five years. The contract renewal comes after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they would phase out their use of private prisons. While this announcement did not affect immigrant detention centers, such as the South Texas Family Residential Center, it did cause the Department of Homeland Security to review whether ICE should follow through with the DOJ decision to phase out using private prison companies.
Under the renewed contract CCA will receive less money to run the facility. However, CCA will receive payment regardless of how many beds are filled at their facility. The contract is scheduled to last until September of 2021, but ICE does have the option to cancel it with 60 days' notice.
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 1:00am — Jake Crowther
KLTV reported that a federal judge has sentenced a former supervisor at a private prison to a little over a year in federal prison for having sex with a federal prisoner under their supervision.
A federal judge sentenced Leticia Garza to 13 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Garza was the supervisor of laundry, property, and supply at Val Verde Correctional Facility, which is operated by private prison corporation GEO Group.
The sentence could have been up to 15 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
The Val Verde Correctional Facility is a Criminal Alien Requirement prison, which is under contract with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to detain non-U.S. citizens. It has a history of prisoner assault and contraband smuggling. Since it is contracted with the BOP, the Department of Justice's decision to phase out private prisons will affect this facility.
Tue, 10/11/2016 - 1:00am — Jake Crowther
GEO Group, a private-prison corporation, faces lawsuits after the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to end
the use of private-prisons, reported the Sun Sentine
Multiple shareholders lawsuits have been filed against GEO Group, alleging violations of securities laws. The lawsuits are are on behalf of investors who purchased stock between March 2012 and August 12th of the same year. These lawsuits are the newest of a growing list of shareholders who allege that GEO made false or misleading statements and failed to disclose that GEO's facilities lacked proper security and safety standards and that they were less efficient than Bureau of Prison run facilities. The lawsuits also claim that GEO did not inform shareholders that the DOJ was unlikely to renew private-prison contracts.