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Meeting Lays Out Options for Willacy Co. Former Prison Facility

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, February 28 2017 Feb 28, 2017 February 28, 2017 8:48 PM February 28, 2017 in News

RAYMONDVILLE - A closed-door meeting took place Tuesday between Willacy County and Management Training Corporation.

The meeting was to discuss all possible options of the now-closed correctional center and lay them out in front of the county.

The company confirmed to CHANNEL 5 NEWS they were in talks with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to possibly use the former prison as an immigration detention center. They also stated they were in talks with other companies and agencies.

MTC senior vice president Sergio Molina said they are eager to put the facility to use once again.

“We’d like to take advantage of opening up the facility and employing several hundred employees here in Willacy County. The commissioners have a very important decision to make,” he said. “We are proud to be at the table. We think we are a good neighbor and partner with Willacy, and we look forward to continuing that relationship.”

Molina said the meeting is a push in the right direction to reopen the facility. The building shut down following a prison riot over allegations of bad living conditions in February 2015.

Willacy County officials said they expect to know the final decision soon.

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