Correctional services corporation builds texas detention center
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New federal detention center planned for South Texas
The Associated Press
Web Posted : 01/27/2004 1:07 AM
A new federal detention center planned for South Texas will house up to 1,020 undocumented immigrants, officials say.
Construction of the lockup will begin in six months along Interstate 35 near Farm-to-Market Road 140 in Pearsall, said Frio County Judge Carlos Garcia.
The Department of Homeland Security selected Frio County's proposal over other bids from Webb and LaSalle counties. Officials predicted the project would bring hundreds of new jobs.
"We've been waiting for this news for a long time," Garcia said Monday. "We're looking forward to starting on this project."
Correctional Services Corp. of Sarasota, Fla., on Friday was awarded the contract to build and operate the facility, expected to open by early next year.
The contract award was for $21.7 million the first year, renewable annually for a total of $109 million over five years, Carl Rusnok, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas, told the San Antonio Express-News in Tuesday's editions.
Correctional Services will run and maintain the prison, built to house 850 men, 150 women and 20 minors. The federal government still will be responsible for inmates' health-related costs.
Pearsall is about 50 miles southwest of San Antonio.
Information from: San Antonio Express-News