South Texas Detention Facility

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South Texas ICE Processing Center
STDC Exterior.jpg
Location566 Veteran Drive
Pearsall, Texas, Frio County
United States, 78061
Coordinates28°53′39″N 99°07′15″W / 28.894301°N 99.120929°W / 28.894301; -99.120929Coordinates: 28°53′39″N 99°07′15″W / 28.894301°N 99.120929°W / 28.894301; -99.120929
Security classMixed Security
OpenedMay 2005
Managed byGEO Group
WardenRay Castro

The South Texas ICE Processing Center[1] is a privately operated detention facility located in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas, run by the GEO Group to house detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[2]

The facility holds a maximum of 1904 detainees, male and female, at a mix of security levels. The facility first opened in May 2005 as the "Pearsall Immigration Detention Center" by the Correctional Services Corporation, which was bought by the GEO Group later that year.[3]

A 2015 report from watchdog organizations, Detention Watch Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights, showed that contracts between ICE and five detention facilities in Texas obligated ICE to pay for daily minimum populations. Detention Watch Network says this incentivized ICE to fill the center up to the minimum, effectively creating a quota system. The nightly minimum for this facility was 725, which was regularly exceeded.[4]

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  1. ^ "South Texas ICE Processing Center". Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  2. ^ "South Texas Detention Complex". U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  3. ^ "South Texas Detention Complex". GEO Group. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Banking on Detention" (PDF). Detention Watch Network. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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