No ICE Detention Facility in Newton County
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It has recently been revealed through the press that Geo Group is considering building a for-profit private ICE Detention Facility in Newton County Indiana.
Local citizens are concerned and many have no desire for such an entity to be established in the community, having seen the recent events if other nearby communities rejecting similar plans, and sharing the same concerns.
Many are especially concerned by recent zoning decision by the county commissioners to zone a large plot of land in Lincoln Township PGD. The petition was brought forth by El Dardo llc, otherwise known as Matt Anderson, a private citizens and owner of the property, who sought the rezoning in order to make it "shovel ready," citing that he couldn't sell the property if the entity had to go to the trouble of seeking the zoning on its own. The Newton County Planning Commission (which Commisioner Drenth is a part of), voted unanimously against the petition, however the county commissioners disregarded all concerns and unanimously accepted it less than a week later. This makes it possible for Geo Group to build this facility and the local community to have no say in the matter.
Lincoln Township is the largest residential community in Newton County. This facility would be surrounded by homes and just minutes from Lincoln Elementary School if it were to be placed at this site.
Local residents want to know if this is the site Geo Group is looking into, and if so what will the elected leaders do to represent the best interests of the community.
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