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Re: “Indictment Announced in Warned CCA Prison Murder

Joseph Jackson was a lifer in Mississippi. Thanks to chronic major breaches of safety by many guards, including by its Chief of Security in its now closed Greenwood, MS prison, Jackson escaped from custody on June 25, 2009.

Within hours, he shot a Metro Nashville police sergeant five times in the abdomen with a handgun he got from a CCA guard. In its initial press release about the incident, CCA "somehow" neglected to mention the near fatal attack on the sergeant.…

Jackson is now doing life in Tennessee at TN taxpayers' expense.

Despite this sort of malfeasance, including eminently avoidable escapes from its prisons and during its transportation by convicted murderers, during its frequent riots and easily preventable predictable murders by cellmates, the corporation characterizes itself thusly: "CCA’s track record of safe, secure facilities over 30 years of experience speaks to the company’s commitment in this critical area."

Spare us, please.

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Posted by Frank Smith on 08/05/2014 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Does CCA Have a Prison-Murder Problem?

There's nothing new about this prison. CCA and its for-profit prison industry competitors have a much higher rate of violence than there are in public prisons. Researcher James Austin conclusively proved that years ago. For instance, at its Wheeler County prison in Georgia, an arsonist bragged to all and everyone that he was going to rape his mentally ill cell partner that night. Actually, the cell partner protected himself, cutting the man's throat and smothering him. CCA effectively suppressed news of the killing and the Georgia bureau of investigations dragged its feet for over a year while supposedly looking into the matter.

In Wilkinson County, Mississippi, CCA ran an extremely violent prison, and an inmate was killed about a year ago. Thanks to its shoddy operation, the state took the prison away from CCA, but Management and Training Corporation, which then got the contract, had a prisoner killed quite recently and the prison remains extremely out of control.

In Lawton, Oklahoma, a homicidal inmate announced that he would kill any cell partner who was put in with him. GEO Group, the operator, ignored the situation and the murderer quickly killed the unfortunate inmate who had been housed with him.

What this is all about is profits. Rather than forego $50 or so a day in revenue, CCA and its competitors simply are not willing to single cell an inmate even he makes his lethal intent crystal clear.

So what they've done here is once again to avoid dealing with the problems of these homicides, and instead are blaming Friedman for calling public attention to their chronic malfeasance.

CCA regularly claims that they're interested in rehabilitation of prisoners, but never mention that Friedman has led an exemplary life for decades. At the same time they have hired a string of employees after they have killed other people, such as guard Andrew Lemcke, program manager Eugene Pendleton and warden Shannon Clover.

Nothing could be clearer than CCA's chronic mendacity. The FBI is currently investigating the corporation for fabricating tens of thousands of hours supposedly worked by absent employees in Idaho. Why should the public believe anything they say?

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Posted by Frank Smith on 06/16/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “CCA's long legal feud with a persistent critic reaches a semantic impasse in appeals court

CCA and its chief competitor, GEO Group, have been fighting to keep their records secret for a dozen years, as they've defeated federal legislation during that time by spending millions each year on lobbyists and lawyers. They're determined to keep it secret because they do an unimaginably awful job of keeping prisoners.

In Tennessee they have lost three monster suits in the past few years of which I'm aware, but negotiated settlements kept their secrets. One was brought by the heirs of Estelle Richardson, who was murdered by their guards. Another was brought by the mother of Frank Horton, a psychotic prisoner driven mad by CCA, who was allowed to wallow unwashed in his own filth for many, many months, unable to communicate to the guards who looked through his door, because he was so mentally damaged. The last was by Metro Nashville Police Sergeant Mark Chesnut, who was shot five times by a CCA escapee from Mississippi, with the gun the killer took from his guard in that state.

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Posted by Frank Smith on 11/30/2012 at 12:47 AM

Re: “CCA Board Votes Down Resolution on Reporting Rape, Sexual Abuse Statistics

Friedman has worked for years against sexual assaults in both public and for-profit prisons in conjunction with advocates such as those at Standing Together Against Rape (STAR).

He has also worked against physical abuse, the looting of public treasuries by slimy outfits such as CCA, the revolving door that has corrupted the relationship between the government and the provider, and the endless failures of CCA to meet its contractual obligations.

A person would be hard put to find anyone in fact who has been more conscientious than Friedman in holding the corporation's feet to the fire.

He is performing the worthy function of public watchdog, admirable given the almost ubiquitous failure of contract monitors to ensure efficacious and professional for-profit operations at the federal, state and municipal levels.

The CCA prison at Otter Creek, whose operations were referred to in the article, maintained a pervasive atmosphere over many years of sexual harassment. Even the chaplain was indicted for participating in the abuse. But the sexual exploitation extends even to CCA management's failure to protect it own employees in the workplace. Dozens of women successfully sued CCA for sexual abuse and harassment at its Crowley County, Colorado, prison, the last 21 receiving a settlement of $1.3 million in a class action case.

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Posted by Frank Smith on 05/10/2012 at 6:13 PM

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