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12/22: Tacoma, WA: Corporate-Runs Immigration Jail Capacity Grows+More Profit!
Released 23 December 2006  By jensenmk@plu.edu

Tacoma immigration jail capacity grows by 25% to 1000
From: jensenmk@plu.edu

[Back on Sept. 30 the *Seattle Times* reported
(http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5150/ ) that capacity of the Northwest
Detention Center, the immigration jail built on a Tacoma Tideflats
Superfund site, was expected to grow to 1,000 by January 2007. -- On
Thursday, the owner of the place, the Geo Group, Inc., made it official:
it has “entered into a contract amendment with U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (‘ICE’) effective January 1, 2007 to expand the
contract capacity of the 800-bed Northwest Detention Center (the ‘Center’)
located in Tacoma, Washington by 200 beds. ”[1] -- An AP story the same
day noted that this will boost GEO’s revenues substantially: “The
expansion will not require construction and will add about $2 million in
additional annual operating revenue at full occupancy.”[2] -- The
*Houston Chronicle* and the web site of *Business Week* carried the news,
but Tacoma’s hometown paper, the *New Tribune*, which, as this web site
has documented, has never had much to say about the Northwest Detention
Center, ignored it. -- Yet there is much to report at the “Center.” --
In 2002, the *News Tribune* told its readers it would be "a 500-bed
detention facility." -- In 2003 and 2004, AP and the *Seattle Times*
said the facility would have 700 beds. -- Later, it was sometimes
reported that the facility would be able to "expand" to hold 800
prisoners. -- Now we’re told that “no construction” is needed for a
200-bed expansion, which raises many questions. -- Thanks to Tim Smith
for posting this. --Mark]

http://www.ufppc.org/content/view/5470/

1.

[Press release]

THE GEO GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES 200-BED CAPACITY EXPANSION AT NORTHWEST
DETENTION CENTER IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Business Wire
December 21, 2006

http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/061221/20061221005632.html?.v=1

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The GEO Group, Inc. announced today
that it has entered into a contract amendment with U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement ("ICE") effective January 1, 2007 to expand the
contract capacity of the 800-bed Northwest Detention Center (the "Center")
located in Tacoma, Washington by 200 beds.

The Center, which houses immigration detainees, will have a new contract
capacity of 1,000 beds. The 200-bed capacity expansion will require no
construction and is expected to generate approximately $2.0 million in
additional annual operating revenues at full occupancy.

George C. Zoley, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of GEO,
said: "We are thankful for the confidence placed in our Company by U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The capacity expansion of this
important facility will help address the increased Federal detention bed
needs along the nation's borders."

The GEO Group, Inc. ("GEO") is a world leader in the delivery of
correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal,
state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a
turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and
operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States,
Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide
operations include 63 correctional and residential treatment facilities
with a total design capacity of approximately 54,000 beds.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future
events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties
that could materially affect actual results, including statements
regarding estimated earnings, revenues and costs and our ability to
maintain growth and strengthen contract relationships. Factors that could
cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking
statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited
to: (1) GEO's ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue
to enhance shareholder value; (2) GEO's ability to access the capital
markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; (3) risks
associated with GEO's ability to control operating costs associated with
contract start-ups; (4) GEO's ability to timely open facilities as
planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such
facilities into GEO's operations without substantial costs; (5) GEO's
ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals
and to retain existing management contracts; (6) GEO's ability to obtain
future financing on acceptable terms; (7) GEO's ability to sustain
company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; and (8) other factors
contained in GEO's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including
the forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

2.

GEO GROUP TO EXPAND WASHINGTON CENTER

Associated Press
December 21, 2006

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4419361.html

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The GEO Group, operator of correctional, detention,
and mental health facilities, on Thursday said it has a contract with the
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to expand the capacity of a
detention center in Tacoma, Wash., by 200 beds.

The contract is effective effective Jan. 1.

The 800-bed Northwest Detention Center will have a capacity of 1,000 beds.
The expansion will not require construction and will add about $2 million
in additional annual operating revenue at full occupancy.

"The capacity expansion of this important facility will help address the
increased Federal detention bed needs along the nation's borders," said
GEO Chairman and Chief Executive George C. Zoley.

GEO operates 63 correctional and residential treatment centers with total
capacity of 54,000 beds.

GEO shares rose $2.08, or 6 percent, to close at $36.31 on the New York
Stock Exchange.


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