Karnes County Correctional Center810 Commerce Street
Karnes City, TX 78118
Phone: (830) 780-3525
Fax: (830) 780-4057 Capacity: 679
Client: Karnes County, Texas & ICE (IGSA)
BACKGROUND: In January 1998, The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) reached an agreement to purchase a secure correctional facility owned by the Karnes County Public Facility Corporation. GEO signed an interim operational agreement with the County to assume management of the facility beginning at midnight, January 15, 1998. The purchase of the facility included an additional 50 acres of adjacent land. On December 31, 1998, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards approved a facility renovation project which increased the facility capacity. The facility was renovated again in July 2006, bringing the facility to its current capacity.
SCOPE OF WORK: The facility is inspected annually by both the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), to ensure compliance with Detention Standards. It houses adult male inmates for USMS and ICE. Medical care, food service, laundry and general living conditions for offenders are provided in accordance with standards required by the USMS, as well as by the ICE. Additionally, the facility provides court and airlift transportation services for the USMS-Southern District. The facility also provides video conferencing to Federal Court for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The facility was constructed in 1995 and was purchased by GEO in 1998. Inmates are housed in a combination of individual cells and dormitories. The facility has a full service kitchen. Space is provided for medical services, intake, food service, and contact and non-contact visitation. A library and law library are provided as well as a print shop. A large outdoor recreation yard is available for prisoner use. Perimeter security includes a double fence topped with razor wire and monitored CCTV cameras. Additional exterior security includes a manned armed guard tower and an armed perimeter patrol. The facility encompasses 127,946 square feet.
ACCREDITATION: Accreditation was issued by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in June 1999 and was re-accredited in July 2002. GEO cancelled this affiliation in 2004 due to the client’s non-requirement. The client does not require accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA).