ELKHART, IND. — A private prison management company on Monday scrapped plans to build a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in northern Indiana following fierce local opposition, county commissioners said.
Nashville, Tennessee-based CoreCivic had proposed locating a $100 million, 1,200-bed center about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of South Bend. Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder says CoreCivic officials informed the three county commissioners Monday morning that they would withdraw their petition to rezone farmland for the center. Yoder said the company didn’t give a reason why.
Commissioner Frank Lucchese confirmed the decision by the company previously known as Corrections Corp. of America.
“I think CoreCivic read the writing on the wall and saw it wasn’t going to be a good fit for Elkhart County,” Lucchese said.
CoreCivic had said its proposal was in response to an ICE request for information on possible facilities within 100 miles of Chicago.
ICE detention centers have failed to win approval in at least four other communities in Indiana and Illinois over the past several years.