Eden Detention Facility Faces Closure, 270 People Notified of Pending Layoffs
SAN ANGELO, TX — The private corporation that operates the low security prison in Eden, the Eden Detention Center, informed the Texas Workforce Commission it will lay off 270 workers there.
The TWC manages the State of Texas Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. It requires companies under certain circumstances to notify the TWC of pending layoffs in order to prepare the workers and their families who work at the facility.
During a Feb. 17 earnings call, CoreCivic executives noted that the contract the company has with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to operate Eden ends on April 30. It is a 1,400-bed facility, they said.
The elimination of 13 privately-run federal prisons was ordered by President Barrack Obama’s administration in August 2016. There are 13 facilities similar to Eden’s where illegal immigrants with criminal convictions are housed. According to an NBC News report on March 5, 21,405 inmates are housed in these facilities throughout the country. There is another one in Big Spring north of here.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Feb. 21 that he intends to rescind the Obama administration plan to phase out BOP contracts with private prisons. Whether Sessions’ announcement was soon enough to avoid losing 270 jobs in Eden is unclear.