Raymondville correctional center’s future remains unknown

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Willacy County Commissioners Court

Willacy County commissioners met in a closed meeting Tuesday to determine the future of the Raymondville correctional center that was closed after a riot. After nearly four hours in a closed session, commissioners decided to table the item.

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

Willacy County commissioners met in a closed meeting Tuesday to determine the future of the Raymondville correctional center that was closed after a riot.

After nearly four hours in a closed session, commissioners decided to table the item.

Two companies have come forward with proposals, including the former prison’s operator Management and Training Corporation, according to attorney Orlando Garcia.

“The county has decided that it wants to take a little bit of time to decide and work through all the mechanics of both of those offers,” Garcia said

Last year, Willacy County filed a lawsuit against the corporation, claiming that the private prison company kept inmates in deplorable conditions–which allegedly led to the uprising.

Senior Vice President of MTC, Sergio Molina, said the company is very interested in continuing their partnership with Willacy County.

“We have been here for many many years and we had a great experience with many employees,” Molina said. “We currently have a facility here right now that employs just under 200 people, so the idea of continuing this partnership with Willacy County we are really excited about.”

Recently, MTC officials told CBS 4 News that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is actively looking for new beds and have expressed interest in the Raymondville building.

The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about the history between the county and the corporation, citing the lawsuit filed by the county in December 2016.

“If the county commissioners go back into this contracting relationship, there’s going to be blood on their hands,” Staff Attorney for the ACLU National Prison Project, Carl Takei said.

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