For Immediate Release: November 19, 2007
Contact: Camm Lary – (512) 756-2156
Who: Concerned residents of Burnet County.
What: A public meeting with the Burnet County Commissioner’s Court.
When: Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm.
Where: Old courthouse on the square in Burnet, Texas.
Burnet County Residents Oppose Private Detention Center
Proposed 500-bed Jail Would Hurt Burnet’s Reputation
“No Private Jail” Group to speak at Monday meeting
Burnet, TX – This Monday, concerned Burnet County residents will hold a public meeting with Burnet County Commissioners to discuss their opposition to a proposed 500-bed private detention center. The meeting will take place Monday, November 19th, at Old Courthouse on the square in Burnet at 7:00pm.
Burnet County residents are concerned that the proposed jail will be operated by a Louisiana-based for-profit private prison corporation, that out-of-county prisoners will shipped to the prison, and that Burnet County has taken steps to float revenue bonds to pay for the prison, which could endanger the county’s future bond rating, without a public vote.
Private prison corporations have a track record that include human rights abuses, lawsuits, higher rates of violence, and financial mismanagement. Research shows that prison construction has no positive economic impact on communities. Counties that finance private prison construction have been held liable for abuses that take place in the prisons.