The T. Don Hutto Detention Center in south Taylor is still open although Williamson County terminated its contract last year in June. Members of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that helps women who are detained at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center, question how the facility is still operational.
“Why is T. Don Hutto still open? ICE and CoreCivic cannot be allowed to continue to operate this facility with complete impunity,” said Bethany Carson, Immigration Policy Researcher and Organizer for Grassroots Leadership. “We're here to turn the tables and demand that this time ICE show us their papers.”
After more than 10 years of community protest against abuses at the facility, the county chose to end its contract with Immigration and Customs (ICE) and CoreCivic. However, in January ICE made an announcement of a new temporary contract extension with CoreCivic for maintenance of the facility. It is unclear when the temporary contract ends.