Officials reopen New Mexico private prison to hold migrants

May 16, 2019 GMT

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — Officials have decided to reopen a private prison in New Mexico to hold local inmates as well as immigrants being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Torrance County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to open the detention center in the rural town of Estancia under an agreement with the federal agency.

The contract stipulates for ICE to pay the county nearly $2 million per month during the first year of prison use, allowing up to 714 immigrants to be housed.

The price will increase in subsequent years. Only adult men will be held in the facility.


Officials say the agreement will provide the county with 240 jobs.

Officials say the county will also sign agreement with private prison operator CoreCivic for it to run the facility and hire staff.