Commission may drop lawsuit in order to reopen prison

RAYMONDVILLE — The road to reopening the former tent-city prison includes options such as dropping a lawsuit against the facility’s former operator.

This week, Willacy County commissioners met with attorney Ricardo Morado to consider dismissing a lawsuit against Management & Training Corp., the company that operated the former Willacy County Correctional Center.

“We’re keeping all options on the table,” County Judge Aurelio Guerra said.

Guerra said commissioners plan to meet with Morado again to discuss such options as the possibility of a settlement.

“We’re all working toward the same objective and that is the opening of the facility,” Guerra said.

In December, the county filed a lawsuit against MTC, arguing its “abysmal mismanagement” led to the Feb. 20, 2015, inmate uprising that destroyed much of the 3,000-bed prison made up of tent-like domes, plunging the county into financial crisis.

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