DALLAS - Indictments of Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and other public officials represent the latest in a series of unusual episodes in an impoverished South Texas county nicknamed Prisonville.

Through the issuance of $141 million of revenue bonds since 2002, Willacy County has made incarceration its major industry, supplanting onion farming. The construction of the private prisons has made the county a hub for detentions by the Department of Homeland Security.

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