11 Jun 2012

Did Ohio’s AG Bend the Law to Help Prison Privatization?

First published on WhyIHateCCA That’s basically the conclusion of this analysis, which says that Attorney General Mike DeWine’s ruling that the Ohio State Police would still be responsible for investigating crimes at the Conneaut prison the state sold to CCA was a politically-motivated, and possibly illegal, action.  Essentially, the author

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08 Jun 2012

Retraction

First published on WhyIHateCCA In the interest of fairness and accuracy, I apologize for rushing to judgment on CCA without getting the full story of what happened in the beating death of Micheal Minick in Tennessee.  He was not beaten by CCA guards and to my knowledge had no direct

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07 Jun 2012

Curbing Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention

First Published on WhyIHateCCA A few weeks back, the Obama Administration finally got around to releasing new regulations governing sexual abuse in correctional facilities, as mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003.  PREA initially only applied to DOJ facilities and agencies, but the Administration has expanded its

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07 Jun 2012

Mental Health in Prisons and the GEO Group

First published on WhyIHateCCA By Jenny Landreth The news that GEOCare, a private for-profit company, is hovering around the prisoner mental health honeypot in North Carolina is an extremely worrisome development. Mental health in prisons tends to fall at or near the very bottom of the list of priorities in

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06 Jun 2012

CCA Can’t (Or Won’t) Defend Its Business

First published on WhyIHateCCA About three weeks ago, the ACLU challenged CCA to a public debate on the merits of prison privatization, a timely request given that it came on the day of CCA’s shareholder meeting where it faced a proposal from a shareholder that would have required the company

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06 Jun 2012

Beating a Malnourished, Restrained Man to Death

UPDATE: Retraction First published on WhyIHateCCA CCA is being sued by the family of Michael Minnick, a Tennessee man who was killed by Sheriff’s deputies while in restraints.  After being arrested for failing to appear in court for a suspended drivers’ license hearing, Minnick was taken into custody and turned

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04 Jun 2012

Florida’s Love Affair With Private Prisons

First published on WhyIHateCCA Many lawmakers in Florida, home of the GEO Group, are enamored with the idea of prison privatization.  Legislators, mostly Republican, have thrice attempted (and failed) to privatize half the state’s prison system within the past two years. The former speaker of the house, serving time in prison,

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03 Jun 2012

Another Wrongful Death Suit Against CCA

First published on WhyIHateCCA   The ACLU of Hawaii has filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of the family of Clifford Medina, a 23-year-old Hawaiian prisoner who was murdered in the Saguaro Correctional Center, a CCA prison in Arizona.  The lawsuit contends that the company’s negligence and drive for

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03 Jun 2012

Private Prison Riots Causing Concern

First published on WhyIHateCCA The recent riots (or “disturbances,” in industry parlance) at CCA prisons in Georgia and Mississippi have raised the concern of advocates in other states looking to privatize prisons.  The teamsters union down in Florida is urging state lawmakers to consider CCA’s poor management of the facilities

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25 May 2012

Shareholders Challenging the Private Prison Industry

First published on WhyIHateCCA In an interesting bit of grassroots advocacy, a few shareholders of the country’s two largest private prison companies have worked to bring more accountability to the industry, which is exempt from public records laws in nearly every jurisdiction despite the fact that it performs inherently governmental

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