Back on Sept. 30 the Seattle Times reported 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 current (though not original) 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]  --  " GEO shares rose $2.08, or 6 percent, to close at $36.31 on the New York Stock Exchange."  --  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....

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[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

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- 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.

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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.