GEO Group awarded contract for new immigrant detention center in Texas

The GEO Group released a press release today stating that the company had been awarded a contract for a new 1,000 bed detention center in Conroe, Texas.

The GEO Group, the second-largest private prison company in the U.S., has been awarded the contract by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The facility is expected to cost over $100 million. GEO will design, finance, construct, and operate the facility for ICE. Including renewal options, the contract between ICE and GEO is a ten-year contract, and is expected to generate $44 million in annual revenue for the company. GEO is planning on having the facility completed by late 2018.

The GEO Group has been contracting with ICE since the 1980s.  GEO’s facilities are used to detain both undocumented immigrants and federal prisoners. Their facilities have a troubling history of issues, including sexual abuse of youths, prisoner suicide attempts, and prisoners escaping.  There have also been multiple cases of employees of GEO being charged with smuggling contraband into the facilities.