Private Prison Demands Small Town Give It 300 More Prisoners Or It Will Close Down

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A small community in New Mexico is learning firsthand the consequences of relying on corporate industry to fuel your economy. In the case of Torrance County, it’s the private prison industry. From a July 25 article by the Santa Fe New Mexican:

“The company that has operated a private prison in Estancia for nearly three decades has announced it will close the Torrance County Detention Facility and lay off more than 200 employees unless it can find 300 state or federal inmates to fill empty beds within the next 60 days, according to a statement issued Tuesday by county officials.”

The closure of the prison would mean a loss of about $700,000 in annual taxes and utility payments for the town of Estancia, which has a population of 1,500. Surrounding Torrance County would see a loss of around $300,000.

Incidentally, the county has no jail of its own, meaning the sheriff’s department would have to find new housing for the 50 to 75 people it arrests each month.

“This is a big issue for us,” county manager Belinda Garland told the Santa Fe New Mexican.


 “It’s going to affect Torrance County in a big way.”

The corporate entity that operates the facility, CoreCivic — formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America — is the second-largest private prison company in the nation. CoreCivic spokesman Jonathan Burns said this of the closing:

“The city of Estancia and the surrounding community have been a great partner to CoreCivic for the last 27 years. CoreCivic is grateful for the support the community has shown through the years and we’re honored to have been a part of that community. Unfortunately, a declining detainee population in general has forced us to make difficult decisions in order to maximize utilization of our resources.”

The majority of the facility’s inmates are detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and CoreCivic officials point to a sharp decline in border arrests, along with criminal justice reforms, as causes behind the closure.

Chad Miller, the warden of the facility, told the Mountain View Telegraph the inmate population has been well under full capacity for a long while.

“The reality is that we’ve been operating at a loss for the last four years,” he said.


 “The question became for the company, ‘How long can you run something that’s not profitable? At what point do you say enough is enough?’”

Currently, state and local officials are working with CoreCivic to try to secure more contracts - meaning more bodies - before facility operations end on September 23.

“We’re reaching out to anybody that can help us,” county manager Garland said 


“We hate to see this facility close.”

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ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

I offer all of congress to hear the call to go and fill a cell.

Ubernostrum's picture

Maybe they could all be given a 'tour.'

remain calm's picture

I propose we start with the bankers and all bankers be given a free pass. They are the one's who pay the congessional members to behaive not in our interest.

J S Bach's picture

What a wonderful dystopia we live in.

El Oregonian's picture

Shut it down! In fact, the very ones complaining about this detentoon center not being filled should be the ones that fill it.... With themselves. Just a thought.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Goobermint collaborators have an easy solution: "Lock up more plebes!  It's the peolpe's obligation to the union of prison guards and the poor people depend on the tax revenue from those prison guard jawbs!"

MillionDollarButter's picture

Neoliberal and neocon messiah Cory Booker made his best play for 2020 with the introduction of the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 just a few days ago. This should give him some love from the Berners.

toady's picture

The millennial need to get out of mom's basement...

Stackers's picture

I can think of about 535 people to send from D.C.

El Vaquero's picture

Yet the sheriff in Torrance is actually one that a lot of ZHers would like.  After Sandy Hook, he openly stated in writing that he would prevent any unconstitutional gun laws from being enforced in his county.  

FixItAgainTony's picture

that and he doesn't eat raw baby.

847328_3527's picture

Just make a night time sweep of south Shitcago and hand them 1,000 plus or minus.

SafelyGraze's picture

"A small community in New Mexico is learning firsthand the consequences of relying on corporate industry to fuel your economy."

the community should rely on a brothel


BeansMcGreens's picture

I just saw a bunch of highschoolers pitching pennies behind a 7-11.

Maybe it is time they "get their Minds right".

Tiwin's picture


first they came for the niggers, but I said nothing because i am not a nigger.....

strannick's picture

Gulag Archipeligo, USA.

"The sooner you were in, the sooner you were out"

veritas semper vinces's picture

Gulag archipelago moved to Jewmerica. In fact ,Solzhenitsyn said that the dissidents are in the East ,but will move to the West,will first be timid  and become  more and more active.

He was right.A genius.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Speaking of the slide into dystopia ...
Hey Tylers, what's up with this autoplay bullshit? 
You're harshing my mellow (or to be more accurate, injecting some ditzy newsbabe's voice into my Toy Dolls soundtrack).

Tiwin's picture

I propose we start with police who murder presumably innocent citizens.

This disgusting phenom has happened a sickening 739 times so far this year, and no fucks were given by the JewTube brainwashed masses.

factorypreset's picture

"corporate industry"

What other type of industry is there?

techpriest's picture

State-run industry. Like they do in China (certain sectors are under explicit ownership of the Party) or NK (everything under state ownership).

Remember, before private prisons, there were state-run prisons that were overcrowded and poorly managed.

If we end the drug war, we can go back to the old system of a small number of state prisons, holding violent criminals.

Putrid_Scum's picture

Slaves ... The System needs more slaves ...

J S Bach's picture

"I offer all of congress to hear the call to go and fill a cell."

They'll only go if little boys are their guards.

vealparm's picture

But they all have "Get out of jail free" cards.

assistedliving's picture

Congress?  Increase the Judge's kickbacks

heres another solution:  recriminalize MJ.  Presto

This country is so ass backwards my neck hurts

Miss Expectations's picture

There are 535 members in the United States Congress, 100 senators (two per state) and 435 members of the House of Representatives (varying numbers per state depending on population).

Lumberjack's picture

How about 535 more plus 2 Clintons, 1 Podesta and a Wasserman Shultz?

rubiconsolutions's picture

I'll see your Clinton's, Podesta and Wasserman Shultz and raise you Obama, Yellen and every member of the Bush administration that got the US into the Iraq / Afghanistan quagmire. 

Lumberjack's picture

You missed the bankers. All wars are bankers wars.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Amen,brother.Start with the BANKERS.Everything else will fall in place.(Man,I'm making rhymes talking about banksters! I'm concerned  about me now)

Dsyno's picture

"Man,I'm making rhymes..."

Except it doesn't rhyme.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Everything else will fall in place

dogismycopilot's picture

Is this an Onion story?

Lumberjack's picture

This one isn't

Student Loan Forgiveness For Public Servants Up In The Air

They are union workers already living high off the fucking hog on the public dole, WTF?

swmnguy's picture

I don't have a problem with that program at all.  These are teachers, social workers, cops, etc., who have to have at least a Bachelor's and usually a Masters degree.  At least $50,000 in student loan debt, just to get the initial qualifications for the job.  People with this level of qualifications make a helluva lot more money in the private sector; these are all professional jobs.  They took a public job and the pay cut that comes with it, on the understanding that if they worked at it long enough, they'd pay off their student loans in that way.

Changing the program, in effect retroactively, is exactly the same bullshit the military does to veterans when they screw around with their GI Bill benefits.  Or when corporations cancel or cut their retirement benefits.

These benefits (and costs) were part of their total compensation package.  Without them the job wasn't worth it.  Stealing pennies back from people who held up their side of the bargain is exactly the kind of criminal behavior that has infested our whole society.

skinwalker's picture

The bulk of 'public servants' accomplish nothing of value, and are often detrimental to the host population.

I'm not sure what your point is.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Oh, alas, those poor, underpaid public servants, forced to sacrifice their material comfort for the good of humanity, out of the sweet innocent goodness of their hearts.  I'm gonna cry me a river.

Friedrich not Salma's picture

Except these teachers, cops and social workers thought it was fair and just to reach into MY pockets to pay off THEIR loans.

Xena fobe's picture

No most are useless pencil pushers.  To even get the job they have the best connections.  If they kiss ass, they get promoted immediately.  It is scam city.

Arrow4Truth's picture

Viable reason to stop doling.

divingengineer's picture

This is an outrage!
Mr. President, fill this prison now!!!

Robert Trip's picture

All of the Black folks in that area already locked up?

toady's picture

That's Mexican/ICE territory.... They left when Trump was elected, so they need to find another minority group to target....

I think you got it right... targeting blacks seems to fill prisons in other regions.... But New Mexico doesn't really have inner city shitholes where the niggers tend to congregate...

Any other ethnic groups in the New Mexico region that want to step up and fill the void? Maybe they can contract with the Indian reservations in the area....

Ex-Oligarch's picture

They should check with the Albequerque PD.  Surely there must be some vagrants and petty criminals down there that the cops haven't yet shot or beaten to death. 

EDIT:  Wait, I've got it!  Just lock up the Albequerque PD.  Solves everybody's problems at one stroke.

krispkritter's picture

Start with Hillary, then the DNC. We'll stop when the Swamp is empty, maybe.

A. Boaty's picture

Clear example of market failure. Lotsa people here will disagree, but sometimes .gov has to do the job.

divingengineer's picture

There should be no financial incentive to jail someone.

MillionDollarButter's picture

+1  It should be break-even at best.  The moment it is profitable, we are all fucked.

Pumpkin's picture

Our entire 'just us' system is based on profit.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

As noted in the article, this facility has been operating at a deficit for years, but apparently has not made responsive staffing cuts.  I wonder why not.