New Execution Drug Causes Uproar

AUSTIN, Texas — A Danish company that has become a key supplier of an execution drug in the U.S. says it will not withdraw or restrict it, even though it objects to the drug being “misused” for capital punishment.
 
Lundbeck A/S is doing “all we can” to dissuade U.S. states from using pentobarbital for lethal injections, but won’t pull it from the U.S. market, CEO Ulf Wiinberg said.
 
Pentobarbital is a sedative used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including epileptic seizures.

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Texas Considers Cell Phone Jamming

BEAUMONT, Texas. 

Texas prison authorities say they are considering jamming cell phones after an inmate used a contraband cell phone to escape from prison.

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Texas County to Build New Jail

CORYELL COUNTY, Texas — Commissioners in Coryell County, Texas approved the construction of a new jail to help alleviate overcrowding. The current 92-bed capacity jail is approximately 50 beds short of the number needed to house the inmate population by 2027.
 
San Antonio architectural firm DRG presented plans for a 64,000-square-foot building that would increase the capacity to 240 beds.

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Texas County Could Transfer Inmates

HOUSTON — Harris County officials may transfer up to 2,000 of its inmates outside county lines if a commissioners court approves a new plan to solicit bids from jailers next week, but it is unclear whether they will remain in Texas or be moved out of state.
 
The county spent $17 million last year housing inmates in jails across Texas and Louisiana under contracts the sheriff’s office negotiated with receiving jailers, but commissioners last June attacked contract rates as too expensive.

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Texas County Preps Psych Facility

CONROE, Texas — Montgomery County will construct a 100-bed secure psychiatric facility to house mentally ill offenders committed by state courts after county officials approved a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
County commissioners approved the $7.5 million deal with the state as they prepared a bond issue to cover the estimated $33 million cost of the project, which is designed to address long-term overcrowding at two state psychiatric hospitals.
 
The initial agreement will cover operational c

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GEO and Cornell Announce Merger

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The GEO Group and Cornell Companies, two of the largest players in the private correctional detention, secure treatment and residential programming sector, will merge operations after directors agreed a multimillion agreement.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, GEO will acquire Cornell, which is based in Houston, for stock and/or cash at an estimated enterprise value of $685 million. The enterprise value (excluding cash on hand) includes approximately $300 million in debt, which GEO will assume.

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MTC Signs $383 Million Contract With Texas

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas — Management & Training Corp. will continue to manage a 540-bed federal detention facility in Willacy County after the U.S. Marshals Service agreed to a multi-year contract renewal valued at up to $383 million.
 
Under the terms of the contract, the Utah-based private prison operator and programming services provider will continue to operate the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility for the Marshals Service for at least five years.

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