Firm proposes building new immigrant detention center – KATC3

I’m not sure when building and running a prison became a good business venture, but the whole idea is disturbing. If a business is sustained by continued business then they will constantly be in need of prisoners. Isn’t the idea of a prison to deter criminals from breaking the law? Aren’t we supposed to be working to keep people from ever needing to go in?

In regard to immigrant detention I don’t see where a business should have anything to do with this. The idea of profiting off of the capture and detention of migrant workers is sickening at best.

Firm proposes building new immigrant detention center – Full Article
Associated Press – December 11, 2007 1:44 PM ET

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A private prison operator has proposed building an immigrant detention center in rural Caldwell County, Texas.

County commissioners plan to vote on the proposal by Louisiana-based Emerald Correctional Management LLC after holding public hearings. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees detention of immigrants, did not comment on specific plans.

Emerald’s proposal calls for a $30 million, 1,000-bed facility to built about 30 miles southeast of Austin. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Mike Moore says the facility would house men and women separately.


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