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Agency Cancels Terrell Hospital Privatization Plan After Audit Reveals Major Flaws

March 25, 2015 (Austin, TX) - Mental health advocacy organizations, civil rights and civil liberties groups, and state employees today reacted to a damning audit of state hospital privatization plans.  The State Auditor’s Office reviewed a tentative award for operation of the Terrell State Hospital to for-profit prison corporation GEO Care (now known as Correct Care Recovery Solutions). Read more »

Ire Against Video Visitation at Texas County Jails Mounts

Denton, TX — The law offices of Bodkin, Niehaus, & Dickson, PLLC filed a class action lawsuit today against Securus Technologies Holdings, Inc, alleging that the Company’s requirement that the county eliminate in person visitation in favor of a video-only option using solely Securus’ services provides Securus with a monopoly in violation of state and federal law.  The intention of the suit is to motivate Denton County to allow various forms of visitation, and perhaps return to previous visitation policies that permitted free, face-to-face visitation.   Read more »

Texas Prison Bid'ness:GEO Group abandons Maverick County Detention Center during rape allegation

Maverick County Detention CenterMaverick County Detention CenterIn December, we reported that the Maverick County Detention Center was at the center of a lawsuit over rape allegations. A woman who was detained at the facility sued GEO Group, alleging that the company was negligent in operating the facility. She says this led to her rape by a 27-year-old guard named Luis Armando Valladarez.

The facility remains open but is no longer operated by the GEO Group, begging the question, “who operates it now?”. Read more »

Texas Prison Bid'ness:Consulting firm to Liberty County: It will cost more for the County to run the jail, unless you reduce population


The Liberty County Jail, photo courtesy of CEC.The Liberty County Jail, photo courtesy of CEC.The firm hired by Liberty County to consult on whether it should continue a partnership with a private prison company has some advice for commissioners. 
MGT of America, Inc. told Commissioners last month that the way to save money was to reduce the jail's population to allow for staffing cuts.  

Liberty County hired MGT last year to advise commissioners on whether County Sheriff Bobby Rader should take over direct operation of the jail or leave it in the hands of Community Education Centers (CEC).  Read more »