GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The Gainesville City Council will allow a private jail to expand.
City authorities gave their approval Thursday to a plan by Corrections Corporation of America to house more federal prisoners at its detention center.
The company is seeking to modify its agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement so it can begin housing prisoners held by the U.S. Marshals Service.
CCA representative Tommy Alsup said the facility has 189 prisoners but it wants to house more. It currently holds people detained for immigration violations. The firm hopes to add another 150 to 200 prisoners held by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Times reports Gainesville authorities bought the facility a year ago and have a 14-year lease agreement with CCA. The council had to approve the proposed change.
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