Mesa Verde facility officially opens in Central Bakersfield

A new detention facility has recently opened off the Golden State Avenue in March.

Mesa Verde has been designed to house individuals who are in the Customs Enforcement and U.S immigration custody and who are awaiting decisions in the final agreements in their repatriation or decisions in their immigration cases.

The city entered into a contract with GEO group Inc which is a Global detention service provider to manage the center on a day to day basis. It is operated under an intergovernmental service between the city of McFarland and the ICE.

Renovations carried out at the facility have resulted in a cost of $10 million. The facility has equipment at its disposal to address the needs of the ICE’s administrative detainee population.

Accomodations for up to 300 men and 100 women and the average cost is $107 a day.

The facility has an area of about 33,500 square foot and options for both contact and non-contact visits are offered. Apart from that there are other means for recreation like, a computer lab, a library for legal research and recreational reading. English as a second language will also be provided for interested detainees.

The environment at the facility is like that of a dorm and facilities have been made available with communal day rooms, where they can play board games and video games, watch television and make calls over the phone in communal day rooms.

Dental as well as medical care have been made accessible on the site and religious services of every faith and denomination are also going to be made available.

Meals are provided three times in a day to those who are held at the center. The meals have been developed by a registered diet… MORE

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