Cibola County private prison could hold ICE detainees

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GRANTS, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico county has conditionally approved a contract to house Haitian immigration detainees at a private prison.

The Gallup Independent reports that the Cibola County Commission voted Wednesday to approve the contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

County attorney Dave Pato says the contract approval is contingent upon County Manager Tony Boyd negotiating and executing a contract with the Corrections Corporation of America, which runs the private facility.

Jeb Beasley, CCA Managing Director of Partnership Relations in Nashville, says the company began negotiating with ICE after the federal Bureau of Prisons decided not to renew its contract with CCA. Beasley says the company still has about 160 employees in Cibola County.

The prison, Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, is scheduled to shut down at midnight Sunday.

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