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GEO contract means green light for Tideflats immigration detention center

The Northwest Detention Center, privately owned and operated, sits on the Tacoma Tideflats.
The Northwest Detention Center, privately owned and operated, sits on the Tacoma Tideflats. Staff file

After months of negotiations, the center housing immigrant detainees on the Tacoma Tideflats has gotten a new federal contract.

The GEO Group owns and operates the 1,575-bed Northwest Detention Center, which it has run for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since 2005.

Its contract with ICE ended in April and had been temporarily extended multiple times as negotiations continued.

On Thursday, GEO posted a release on its website, stating that a new contract had been finalized, for nine years and six months, including renewals.

The company said it expects the center to have $57 million in annualized revenues when it’s full.

The average daily population in January was 818 detainees, according to ICE. For March, the most recent month for which figures are available, it was about 1,000.

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