CCA has been granted an exemption from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services!!!
The UN human rights office in Geneva has stated that, Dr. Jorge Bustamante, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, was scheduled to tour the Hutto facility on Monday as part of an official fact-finding mission. But according to news reports, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has denied U.N. Inspectors access to the facility.
They knew the inspection was coming and made a conscious decision to bar them.
(picture courtesy of Mother Jones.com)
From the Eye On Williamson blog:
Last week, from documents (Linked here - part 1 and part 2 [.PDF]) sent to us from Dave Maass of the San Antonio Current, EOW has learned that Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) applied for and was granted an exemption from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). It’s interesting that CCA would want to keep DFPS out of its facility.
An article from December of 2006 from the Texas Civil Rights Review:
Citizens denounce Hutto jail before county commissioners.
I will follow this article up with more details as time and leads allow.