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Mon Dec 29, 2014, 01:13 AM

Expansion of Karnes County Immigrant Detention Center Approved on Split Vote

KARNES CITY – On a split vote, county leaders approved a proposed expansion of an immigrant detention center located on the outskirts of Karnes City.

Three members of Karnes County’s Commissioners Court voted in favor, while two cast votes opposed to approving the request from The GEO Group, Inc. for the expansion that will roughly double the size of the facility, increasing in size from about 626 beds to about 1,200 beds.

Before a motion was made and the court voted on the item during a special meeting of the court on Dec. 16, they listened to a presentation and review of a recent negotiation between the county and GEO.

Jeffrey Chapman, an attorney representing Karnes County who specializes in contract law, negotiated several points in the contract with representatives of GEO.

Read more: http://mysoutex.com/view/full_story_progress/26282379/article-EXPANSION-OF-IMMIGRANT-DETENTION-CENTER-APPROVED-ON-SPLIT-VOTE?instance=local_area

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