The council is expected to report back to Johnson by Nov. 30.
CCA employs 360 people with an annual payroll of about $12.4 million at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin. The center can house about 1,750 people.
“We’ve worked with the federal government to provide solutions to pressing immigration challenges for more than 30 years, and we welcome this review of our long-standing relationship,” CCA spokesman Steve Owen said in a prepared statement. “This effort builds on the unfettered, daily, onsite access ICE officials have to our facilities and the thousands of government audits we’re subject to each year. We’re proud of the quality and value of the services we provide and look forward to sharing that information with Judge Webster and his team.”
Officials with CGL and LaSalle did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Azadeh Shahshahani, the legal and advocacy director for an immigrant rights advocacy group called Project South, said Johnson’s announcement is “encouraging.”
“DHS needs to follow the lead of DOJ and cut ties with private corporations that profit off the imprisonment of immigrants,” she said.