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Date: 08/31/1999 (Date of Contract Termination)
Misconduct Type: Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency: State/Local
Contracting Party: State/Local
Court Type: Administrative
Synopsis: In 1999, it was reported that the state of Texas terminated Wackenhut's $12 million a year contract to run a jail in Travis County due to mismanagement that eventually led to several guards being charged with sexually assaulting female inmates. Over a period of two years, the state levied $625,000 in penalties due to chronic staffing shortages at the facility. A state audit showed that the jail barely kept the minimum number of guards required in the contract.
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