Pecos County, Tex., may not be getting much return on its empty for-profit jail, but trying to make the bond-financed project succeed has brought the country publicity.

Eight months into office, County Judge Fredie Capers says he is fielding a regular stream of calls from newspapers as far away as Oregon, wire services and network television from around the country. Most recently, a crew from the NBC News program "Expose" was in Fort Stockton to film a segment on the growing number of private prisons nationally.

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