You already know who doesn’t want Texas to contract with GEO Care, a division of private prison corporation GEO Group, to take over the Kerrville State Hospital. With our partners and allies at other organizations, Grassroots Leadership sent a letter in opposition to privatization to Governor Rick Perry. Community members from around the state have also signed on to our petition calling on the Governor to cancel the bidding process. We have cited numerous potential problems if the Texas Department of State Health Services turns over control of the hospital to GEO Care.
Based on GEO’s history in Texas and beyond, we are concerned about what contracting with the for-profit prison company will mean for patient care at Kerrville State Hospital, for the safety of the employees that work there, and for the community of Kerrville that could see significant downsizing of jobs at the hospital. GEO has promised to cut operating costs there by 10%.Read more about Who gains if GEO Care takes over Kerrville State Hospital?