50 groups sign letter opposing McAllen's private jail project

August 15, 2013
The McAllen Monitor

"For-profit prisons are the wrong choice for Texas and the wrong choice for McAllen," according to the three-page letter.  "We urge you to abandon plans to contract with a private prison company to construct a for-profit prison in McAllen."  An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union and the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an advocacy group opposed to private prisons, met with Mayor Jim Darling on Thursday.  They discussed concerns about inmate conditions, lawsuits and staffing at private prisons.