An inmate at the Coastal Bend Detention Center in Robstown tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) this week.

The Coastal Bend Detention Center is a privately owned prison by an International Company named The GEO Group, Inc. that is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

The GEO Group is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that invests in private prisons and mental health facilities, in the United Stated and Internationally. The detention center in Robstown houses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).

The GEO Group was contacted in Florida and released this statement about the inmate that tested positive for COVID-19 in Robstown.

“We recently received confirmation that a U.S. Marshals inmate at Coastal Bend Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate was tested upon arrival to the Facility and was placed in medical isolation, where he will remain until he is cleared by a medical professional to return to the general population, in accordance with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. No other inmates were exposed to the inmate who tested positive and all staff who had contact with the inmate utilized Personal Protective Equipment. At this time, there are no other cases of COVID-19 at the Center.”

Individuals incarcerated are at great risk for an outbreak stated by the Center of Control Disease (CDC). Living in small quarters, inmates coming and going and the mere mass number of individuals incarcerated creates multiple variables for a potential outbreak in the United States Criminal Justice System. The Unites States holds the highest rate of incarcerated human beings in the world, noted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.