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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:12 AM

Private Prison Company Allegedly Partnered With Violent Gangs To Save Money



Private Prison Company Allegedly Partnered With Violent Gangs To Save Money

A new lawsuit brought by eight inmates of the Idaho Correctional Center alleges that the company is cutting back on personnel costs by partnering with violent prison gangs to help control the facility. Court documents and an investigative report issued by the state’s Department of Corrections show how guards routinely looked the other way when gang members violated basic facility rules, negotiated with gang leaders on the cell placement of new inmates, and in one instance may have even helped one group of inmates plan a violent attack on members of a rival gang.

Rather than working with corporate headquarters or local authorities to combat the growing threat of gangs, CCA officials at the prison — the state’s largest, with more than 2,000 beds — used those same gangs as a way to control the rest of the inmates and save money:

The inmates also contend that CCA officials use gang violence and the threat of gang violence as an “inexpensive device to gain control over the inmate population,” according to the lawsuit, and that housing gang members together allows the company to use fewer guards, reducing payroll costs.

“The complaint alleges that CCA fosters and develops criminal gangs,” attorney Wyatt Johnson, who along with T.J. Angstman represents the inmates, said in a statement. “Ideally, the lawsuit should force this to come to an end.”


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Rest of article here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/15/1189091/lawsuit-private-prison-company-partnered-with-violent-gangs-to-save-money/




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Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
pnwest Nov 2012 #1
dchill Nov 2012 #2
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #3
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #4
Fridays Child Nov 2012 #5
gtar100 Nov 2012 #6
Jim__ Nov 2012 #7
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #8
tavalon Nov 2012 #9
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #10
Scootaloo Nov 2012 #11
Scuba Nov 2012 #12
madrchsod Nov 2012 #13
progressoid Nov 2012 #14
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #15
Tsiyu Nov 2012 #16

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:20 AM

1. oh, but the private sector is the best way to

handle EVERYTHING!!!! No way a private sector, for profit, laissez faire capitalism based prison system can fucking go wrong. Nah, never happen!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:24 AM

2. Smells like...

A Bain operation.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:30 AM

3. Where exactly should I feign surprise?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:30 AM

4. kr & not the first time

 

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:44 AM

5. Well, gosh. That plan has absolutely no potential to go horribly, horribly wrong.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 03:59 AM

6. Yet another tale of capitalism gone wrong.

When profit is the primary motivation, systems get corrupted. Inevitably.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:51 AM

7. This should be shocking; but in today's America, it's not.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:02 AM

8. Those pinkos write this as if it were a bad thing.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:21 AM

9. Color me surprised!

Not.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:29 AM

10. To recap: Violent gangs were created by politicians pushing horrible policy for personal gain

Now those same violent gangs have been put in charge of for profit prisons also created by politicians pushing horrible policy for personal gain.

When will someone point the finger at the politicians who engineered this entire fiasco?



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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:46 AM

11. "Reducing payroll costs"

This is who you're giving your justice system to, America; men who will give the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia reign over the other inmates in order to expand a profit margin.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:55 AM

12. Shame on America for using private prisons. Shame, shame, shame.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:24 AM

13. +1......

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:26 PM

14. USA USA USA

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 05:00 PM

15. Private for profit prisons are a counterproductive, dysfunctional, bordering on evil institution

with no redeeming quality.

If anything in our so called "land of the free and home of he brave" should be illegal that would be prisons for profit; a literal cancer on our society.


Thanks for the thread, Tx4obama.


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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 06:45 PM

16. So the government is paying profiteers

to run bootcamps for gangs.

Well, there's a job creation effort if I ever saw one.







All Hail Capitalism!









For-Profit Gangs, soon to be released in a city near you!







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