A court battle over open records and the company that operates the Northwest Detention Center has been avoided.
The GEO Group, which has operated the 1,030-bed Northwest Detention Center since 2004, filed a petition in Pierce County Superior Court last week to block the release of several documents requested through public-disclosure laws.
Here’s what happened:
Tim Smith of the Bill of Rights Defense League filed the request to obtain tax records from The GEO Group. He said he filed the records to "better understand the operations of the facility and current efforts to expand its operations." The detention center will expand by 545 beds. The $40 million project should be completed by September 2009.