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Crockett detention center will not house illegal immigrants, says ownership

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:12am

KETK told you about the rumor that had the city of Crockett in an uproar. There was talk that illegal immigrants could potentially be held in the Davy Crockett Juvenile Detention Center in that city.

Cornerstone Programs is a privately owned company that just started running a juvenile detention center in April. Currently, there are 14 juveniles at the facility. When the president of Cornerstone heard the rumors the feds may want to use that facility for illegal immigrants, he knew he had to come to Texas and see things for himself.

"It would be really important to come down here and speak to the officials and speak to the community about what really is going on here," said president of Cornerstone Programs Joseph Newman.

At Monday nights city council meeting, Newman calmed the nerves of a tense town.

"We came in to operate a treatment program and a detention program and that is our intention to do that."

Houston County judge Erin Ford concurred.

"Cornerstone's business plan is meant to house juveniles, not illegal juveniles," said Judge Ford.

Judge Ford said he supports the use of a once abandoned school.

"It is good for the criminal juvenile system, it's good for the county, it's good for all of us," said Judge Ford.

Newman stresses that this facility will not be used for anything other than housing juveniles.

"We would not operate a federal refuge program here at this Crockett facility," said Newman.

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