Empty prison, formerly troubled GEO Group facility, sells at auction for $6 million

Source: Patrick Michels, American Independent, August 1, 2011

The Bill Clayton Detention Center, a $10 million prison that’s been sitting empty for the last two years while a town struggles to pay off its construction debt, sold at auction last week for $6 million. Littlefield City Manager Danny Davis told the Texas Independent he could not disclose the name of the buyer until the sale closes within about 30 days, but said the winning bidder was a group he wasn’t familiar with. Presumably, though, that would rule out GEO Group, the private prison operator that pulled out of its contract to run the prison in 2009….GEO Group housed inmates from Wyoming, and then Idaho, in the Clayton facility after that, but in the wake of apparent mismanagement — including a prison break police said was aided by guards, and an inmate’s suicide — the prison was left empty while the town raised taxes and fees to pay the bills….

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