Immigration Detention

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A private prison in Taylor could become the second facility in the country to house immigrant families detained by federal authorities.

The T. Don Hutto Correctional Center is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America.

Assistant Williamson County attorney Dale Rye say a new agreement approved by county commissioners allows housing detained families.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said noncriminal immigration detainees would be held at the Taylor facility. But the agency wouldn't confirm if those included families awaiting deportation.

A spokesman for Corrections Corporation of America declined to comment on the new contract.

Currently, the prison has no detainees.

The nation's only facility allowed to house detained families is in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

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