Irwin County Detention Center

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Concerned

Eveleth, MN

#1 Feb 26, 2012
What's going to happen to the Irwin County Detention Center if they don't pay their taxes? Are they closing or is the county going to step in and run the facility?
Uncle Kracker

Perry, GA

#2 Feb 27, 2012
What happens if we don't pay our personal taxes???
trouble

Virginia, MN

#3 Feb 27, 2012
Hell they have never paid their taxes
ltdt

Orlando, FL

#4 Feb 29, 2012
Gosh how stupid. Government is tax exempt. The county does not pay taxes on vehicles, property, sales taxes, etc.
Concerned

Eveleth, MN

#5 Feb 29, 2012
Gosh how stupid. The detention center is privately owned.
trouble

Virginia, MN

#6 Feb 29, 2012
now who is the stupid one itdt
Concerned

Eveleth, MN

#7 Mar 2, 2012
Don't you hate when people try to act like a smartass when they are wrong. LOL.
Tell it like it is

Columbia, SC

#8 Mar 2, 2012
It does not matter if there privately owned. All prisons, detention centers, & half way houses are tax exempt. As are hotels, motels that house govt, & all military ppl.
Concerned

Eveleth, MN

#9 Mar 8, 2012
WRONG!!! The detention center is privatly owned and are making a profit from jurisdictions besides Irwin County. If you read the paper, the facility and the county are in the middle of mediations with a judge about the situation. The facility claims the county owes them money and the city of ocilla claims the detention centers owes them tax money.
trouble

Virginia, MN

#10 Mar 8, 2012
Tell it like it is? youre Stupid
knowledge is power

Rock Hill, SC

#11 Mar 8, 2012
ICDC files
suit vs. board
By DUSTY VASSEY
The owners of Irwin County
Detention Center are suing
the Irwin County Board of
Commissioners, and they are
attempting to block the more
than $1.6 million tax sale of the
privately owned prison.
A hearing will be held at 10
a.m. Friday at the Irwin County
Courthouse to discuss the
various legal matters involved
in the suit to recover money the
owners claim the county owes
and the foreclosure on the
prison’s tax debts. The Board
of Commissioners also voted
during an emergency called
meeting last week to file a
counter claim against ICDC to
recover money the board says
the prison owes the county.
Jan. 9, a hearing was held in
which Irwin County Tax Commissioner
Sandra Paulk and
the City of Ocilla pursued judicial
in rem foreclosure against
the owners of ICDC, Municipal
Detention, LLC. The company
had not paid its taxes to
the Irwin County Board of
Commissioners, Irwin County
Board of Education or City of
Ocilla from 2010 and 2011 and
had not paid a portion of the
2009 Ocilla taxes. Chief Superior
Court Judge Bill Reinhardt
eventually ruled that the
prison’s owners must either
pay more than $1.6 million in
taxes, penalties and interest or
the prison would be sold at a
tax sale, which is scheduled for
March 6.
Jan. 25, John Flanders
Kennedy, an attorney for
Municipal Detention, filed suit
against the county commissioners
to recover unspecified
money which the county
allegedly had not paid for the
prison to house its inmates.
Kennedy also requested a temporary
restraining order to
block the tax sale.
During the foreclosure proceedings,
Kennedy had filed a
Griner wins
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Rock Hill, SC

#12 Mar 8, 2012
By DUSTY VASSEY
The tax sale scheduled this week for
Irwin County Detention Center was
stopped due to a legal action in Nevada.
After months of legal wrangling, the
privately owned prison was scheduled to
be sold at auction Tuesday, March 6, but
three creditors who are allegedly owed
money by the prison’s owners, Municipal
Corrections LLC, filed a petition for
involuntary bankruptcy against the
Municipal Corrections.
County Attorney Warren Mixon said
the involuntary bankruptcy petition,
which was filed in federal court in Nevada,
puts a stay on all other legal proceedings
involving the company. A hearing on
the bankruptcy petition will be held April
11 at 9:30 a.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The prison was scheduled to be sold
due to a foreclosure hearing held in January
in which Irwin County Tax Commissioner
Sandra Paulk was trying to recover
more than $1.6 million owed for past
due taxes, mostly to local government
entities. Most of the taxes were owed
from 2010 and 2011, but a portion of the
debt stems from 2009.
The Nevada petition was filed by three
bondholders — Hamlin Capital Management,
LLC, Oppenheimer Rochester
National Municipals and UMB. According
to the Las Vegas Sun newspaper,
those three creditors are owed more than
$54 million by Municipal Corrections.
It is unknown what the latest drama
will ultimately mean for Irwin County’s
long battle to try to recover the taxes. The
county is also being sued by the owners
of ICDC to recover unpaid fees for housing
county inmates. The county plans to
counter-sue to recover unpaid administrative
fees, but the Nevada filing leaves the
future muddled.
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see

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#13 Mar 8, 2012
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 | 8:29 p.m.

Bondholders owed more than $54 million filed a Chapter 11 involuntary bankruptcy petition in Las Vegas on Wednesday against a private prison company.

The filing was made against Municipal Corrections, LLC, which has offices in Stratham, N.H., and Atlanta.

The involuntary filing apparently was made in bankruptcy court in Las Vegas because Municipal Corrections is registered as a Nevada limited liability company.

The filing, if approved by the bankruptcy court, would subject the company’s finances to court supervision.

Records from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, which collects municipal debt data, show Municipal Corrections has a prison agreement with Irwin County, Ga.

Under the 2007 deal, the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.; south of Atlanta, was expanded using county-issued bonds.

Municipal Corrections, an investor in the prison, leases the expanded prison to the county. Some of the bonds refinanced existing debt.

The records also show there’s been a default in payment obligations for the municipal bonds — officially called Irwin County, Ga., Participation Certificates — backed by the prison and the revenue it generates.

A request for comment on the involuntary bankruptcy filing was placed with Municipal Corrections, which is headed by managing member Terrence O’Brien.

The petitioning creditors in Wednesday’s $54.195 million involuntary bankruptcy filing included Hamlin Capital Management, LLC of New York; Oppenheimer Rochester National Municipals of Rochester, N.Y.; and UMB N.A. of Minneapolis and Kansas City.

UMB is the bond trustee charged with representing the interests of bondholders, and its claim was made in bankruptcy court on behalf of all bondholders.

The petitioning creditors are represented by the Las Vegas office of the law firm Ballard Spahr, LLP and the Minneapolis office of the law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

They allege in the petition that Municipal Corrections "is generally not paying debts as they become due."

UMB, in a separate state court proceeding in Minnesota, has said the prison has a capacity of 1,200 inmates but for the past several years has seen occupancy of just 700 to 800 inmates.

That means revenue from government agencies housing inmates there has been sufficient to pay operating expenses but has been insufficient to pay any debt service on the bonds and property taxes on the jail, UMB attorneys said


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Pissed off employee

Norcross, GA

#14 Jul 6, 2012
ICDC is not shutting down but there is a lot of infidelity out there. So if ur married to someone that works there, better check.on it.
wmn

Rochelle, GA

#15 Jul 6, 2012
Everybody f###ing the inmates; hope my man doesn't get sent out there.
curious

Eveleth, MN

#16 Jul 8, 2012
Pissed off employee wrote:
ICDC is not shutting down but there is a lot of infidelity out there. So if ur married to someone that works there, better check.on it.
Name a few who are cheating on their spouses and with who plz.
very concerned

Burlington, IA

#17 Jul 13, 2012
My concern is that the employees don't get treated right. Sometimes they only get one break within a 12 hour shift. Also the pay is really low compared to the other detention centers. I really think they need to be checked into.
Curious

Bainbridge, GA

#18 Jul 19, 2012
My ? is if a judge signs a dportation on a detaine but the detaiee dsnt sighn it, can that detainee get deporteds???
man

Byron, GA

#19 Jul 19, 2012
Hell yeah. There's fixin to be a lot of deportees with these new scanners on the cop cars.
Heath

Moultrie, GA

#20 Jul 28, 2012
I'm also "man" on here.

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