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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Prison Riot

in Raymondville, Texas, which is in far South Texas, about 20 miles north of Harlingen, which is about 25 miles northwest of Brownsville, which is right on the Mexican border. It's not a big riot as these things go, but it's a little disturbing to see who all's involved.

UNICOR   "We're life changing." Government website.
NICIC       National Institute of Corrections. I don't know what the second IC is for.
                                Also a Government website.
CI Willacy County "A contracted correctional institution, operated by a private corporation."
                                Also a Government website.
MTC         Management and Training Corporation. "A Leader in Social Impact." Private company.

Wikipedia has a couple of interesting things to say about the place:

  • Willacy is funded for 109 ICE employees, but the facility has only 60, with many of these ICE officers often being away accompanying detainees or handling other off-site activities.
  • A further 422 employees from Management & Training Corporation work at the facility.
  • Most of the guards are male between 19 and 24 years of age, having a high school education, and earning $6.00 to $7.00 per hour. Each undergoes a criminal background check before being hired, and all receive two weeks of academy training, followed by a week of on-the-job training.

Human trafficking
In November 2007, four Willacy employees were charged in relation to their use of company vehicles to smuggle illegal immigrants through checkpoints. They were allegedly caught smuggling 28 illegal immigrants through the U.S. Border Patrol's Sarita checkpoint, situated approximately 100 miles north of Brownsville. The immigrants were from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Two of the men charged were wearing their uniforms and driving a company van, apparently overloaded with the immigrants.[28]


AndrewP said...
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AndrewP said...

I'm glad it's 1,000+ miles away, from where I live.