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Bureau of Prisons to house criminal aliens in contractor-owned facilities in Oklahoma or Texas

Great Plains Correctional
Facility, Hinton, OK

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons is planning to award one or two contracts to commercial companies that own and operate correctional facilities in Oklahoma or Texas, or both, to house between 900 and 3,000 male, non-U.S. citizen criminal aliens who are deemed to be “low-security” risks and have less than one year left to serve on their sentences.

The Bureau will select one or two facilities from among three choices: the Diamondback Correctional Center, in Watonga, OK; the Great Plains Correctional Facility, in Hinton, OK; and the Willacy County Processing Center, in Raymondville, TX. The Corrections Corporation of America, of Nashville, TN, owns the facilities in Watonga, OK, and Raymondville, TX; while The GEO Group, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, owns the facility in Hinton, OK.

The Bureau has undertaken an assessment of the environmental impacts that might result from adding these inmates to these facilities, and has issued an official “Finding of No Significant Impact,” according to a notice it published in the Federal Register on June 1. “Possible use of each of three existing facilities, in addition to the No Action alternative, were evaluated in an EA prepared by the BOP,” says the notice.

Contractors representing nine possible correctional facilities responded to the Bureau’s initial solicitation. “Of the nine alternative locations, six were either withdrawn by contractor(s) or eliminated from consideration by the BOP on the basis of non-environmental criteria,” the notice said.

Further information about the environmental impact assessment is available from Richard Cohn, chief of the Bureau’s capacity planning and site selection branch, at 202-514-6470 or [email protected]


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