Vacant Texas Detention Center in Default

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DALLAS - The Willacy County Detention Center is in default on $78.5 million of bonds used to build the private, for-profit Texas lockup, according to trustee U.S. Bank National Association.

In a filing on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's EMMA website, the trustee reported that "the issuer has no present ability to generate project revenue."

A month after giving the issuer time to solve the problem, the default notice was sent, according to the filing.

Standard & Poor's on March 25 downgraded the detention center to CCC-plus from BBB after the facility lost its operator. The Federal Bureau of Prisons cancelled its contract with operator Management Training Corp. after inmates took over the 2,800-bed facility and caused enough damage to make the center uninhabitable.

The outlook on the rating is negative.

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