By MATT BLOIS
The private prison operator CoreCivic, which plans to relocate its headquarters to Brentwood this year, will reopen a detention center in Texas later this year.
The U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement expect to use the entire 1,400 bed facility.
CoreCivic idled the Eden Detention Center in Eden, Texas about two years ago after a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons expired.
“The U.S. Marshals Service has experienced a significant increase in their need for detention capacity in recent months,” Core Civic CEO Damon Hininger said, according to a press release.
According to the USMS, the number of prisoners detained on an average day during fiscal year 2018 was about 55,000 people. The agency reported an average daily population of about 60,000 people so far in fiscal year 2019.
The new contract is with the USMS, but detentions by ICE have been increasing much faster. ICE detentions increased by about 23% between fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018.
In April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended nearly 100,000 people on the Southwest border, up from 38,000 last year and 11,000 in 2017. According to ICE, the number of people it detains is driven by the number of border apprehensions.
According to a press release, the Texas detention center will generate between $35 million and $40 million in revenue once it starts running.