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Ky. to walk away from last private prison

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is not renewing a contract with private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America for a facility in the central part of the state, closing the door for the first time in three decades on outside companies incarcerating inmates for the state. Read more here.

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Violence, staff ineptitude and unsanitary conditions inside Ohio’s CCA owned/operated prison

“In my opinion, a lot of inmates and correctional officers too, the CCA needs to either learn to control a prison real, real fast or sell it back to the state, so the safety of the inmates isn’t being put at risk anymore,” a prisoner wrote. “This place is severely dangerous.”  Read this telling account of CCA’s many transgressions, as told by inmates.

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CCA – Deaths while in custody (prisoners) or on duty (staff)

Here is some very somber information that has come our way via the Human Rights Defense Center.  This is a chronological list of those who have died at a Corrections Corporation of America Facility. This list illustrates the fact that privately operated corrections facilities are dangerous and not an appropriate option for New Hampshire.

As of May 15, 2013, the following have died:



Delbert Steed, January 2002 – counselor at Hardeman County, homicide

Carla Meade, Jan. 2008, Otter Creek, suicide in the warden’s office

Catlin Carithers, May 2012 – guard at Adams County Correctional Center, homicide

Grace Cortez, Dec. 2011, Kit Carson Corr. Facility, preventable van accident


Rosalind Bradford, 1987, Silverdale, medical

Alton Manning, 1995, HM Prison Blakenhurst (UK), death while being restrained

William Christian, 1997, HCCF, homicide

Michael Cephus, 1997, Youngstown, medical

Bill Hambly, 1998, Torrance County Jail, homicide

Derrick David, 1998, Youngstown, homicide

Paula Richardson, 1998, MWCC (Australia), suicide

Gregory Allen Pope Sr., 1998, Tulsa Jail, medical

Reginald Edmonds, 1998, HCCF, suicide

Ralph Carpenter, 1998, SCCF, medical

Stanley R. Rice, 1998, Youngstown, medical

Perry Clay, 1998, Youngstown, medical

Corey Smith, 1998, West TN Detention Facility, homicide

Bryson Chisley, 1998, Youngstown, homicide

Donnell Reed, 1999, CTF in DC, fell during escape attempt

Merlin Lee Foster, 2000, Tulsa Jail, medical

Cory Adam Morris, 2000, Tulsa Jail, suicide

Leonia Sanchez Arriaga, 2000, Tulsa Jail, medical (head injury after assault)

Tom Harris, 2001, SCCC, homicide

Jeffrey Buller, 2001, Kit Carson, medical

Shane M. Spencer, 2001, Tulsa Jail, medical

Conrado Mestas Ochoa, 2001, Eden Detention Center

Marvin Borjas Diaz-Perez, 2001, West Tennessee Detention Facility, medical

Chad Littles, 2002, Bay County Jail, homicide

Antonio Lewis Franklin, 2002, Citrus County Jail, medical

Justin Sturgis, 2002, Bay County Jail. medical

Laren Sims Jordan, 2002, Hernando County Jail, suicide

Jonathan Magbie, 2004, CTF in DC, medical

Estelle Richardson, 2004, MDF, homicide

William Henry Cantor, 2004, Bay County Jail, suicide

Sondria Allen, 2004, Tulsa Jail, unknown

James L, Kirk, Jr., 2004, WCF, suicide

Stacy Allan Tolbert, 2004, Bay County Jail. Medical

Scott Ray Dickens, 2004, Tulsa Jail, suicide

Michael Andrew Jones, 2004, Tulsa Jail, suicide

Maria Solis-Perez, 2004, Houston Processing Center, medical

Jose Lopez-Lara, 2004, Eloy Detention Center, medical

Walter Alvarez-Esquivel, 2005 Laredo Processing Center, medical

Reinaldo Prado-Arencilia, 2005, Houston Processing Center, medical

Juan Salazar-Gomez, 2005, Eloy Detention Center, suicide

Adam Gene Lippert, 2005, Cimarron Corr. Facility, homicide

Maya Nand, 2005, Eloy Detention Center, medical

Daniel Ray Warren, 2005, Hernando County Jail, suicide

James T. Sly, 2005, Bay County Jail, suicide

Felipe Gonzalez, 2005, Tulsa Jail, suicide

Elias Lopez, 2005, Eloy Detention Center, medical

Emma Nobles, 2005, Gadsden Correctional Facility, medical

Sarah Ah Mau, 2005, Otter Creek, medical

Jose Lopez-Gregario, 2006, Eloy Detention Center, suicide
Geoffrey M. Conley, 2006, Hernando County Jail, suicide

Brian Keith Allen, 2006, Marion County Jail II (IN), medical

John T. Wells, 2006, Hernando County Jail, medical

Jose Lopez-Gregorio, 2006, Eloy Detention Center, suicide

Mario Francisco Chavez-Torres, 2006, Eloy Detention Center, medical

Truoc Tran, 2006, Hernando County Jail, suicide

Charles Repass, 2006, Marion County Jail II (IN), medical

Anthony David Bowman, 2007, SCCC, medical

Boubacar Bah, 2007, Elizabeth Detention Center, medical

Felix Franklin Rodriguez-Torres, 2007, Eloy Detention Center, medical

Edward Duritsky, 2007, Hernando County Jail, medical

Latasha Dorean Glover, 2007, Otter Creek, medical

Rusty Hightower, 2007, Red Rock, unknown; found unresponsive in cell

Anthony Kelly, 2007, West Tennessee Detention Facility, medical

Gregory Cole, 2008, Bradshaw State Jail, suicide

David Drashner, 2008, Northfork Corr. Facility, homicide

Terry Wayne Battle, 2008, MDF, medical

Gerald Townsend, 2008, MDF, homicide

Joseph Alexie, 2008, Red Rock, medical

Ashleigh Shae Parks, 2008, Dawson State Jail, medical

Stephanie Rhaney, 2008, Gadsden Correctional Facility, unknown

Beverly Ford Murphy, 2008, Otter Creek, medical

Robert Washington, 2008, Tallahatchie Co. Corr. Facility, medical

Geoffrey A. Scheid, 2009, Bent County Correctional Facility, suicide

Roberto Medina-Martinez, 2009, Stewart Detention Center, medical

Leonard Odom, 2009, Wheeler County Corr. Facility, unknown

Thomas Detric Adderson, 2009, Willacy Unit, medical

William Williams, 2009, MDF, suicide

Bronson Nunuha, 2010, Saguaro, homicide

Clifford Medina, 2010, Saguaro, homicide

Joseph Mixon, 2010, Bay Correctional Facility, unknown

Eddie Moore, 2010, Leflore County Jail, Medical

Pam Weatherby, 2010, Dawson State Jail, medical

Terrell Griswold, 2010, Bent County Correctional Facility, medical

Clifford Medina, 2010, Saguaro Correctional Center, homicide

Andres Valdez, 2011, Kit Carson (transport van accident)

Pablo Gracida-Conte, 2011, Eloy Detention Center, suicide

Miguel Hernandez, 2011, North Georgia Detention Center, medical

Shebaa Green, 2012, Dawson State Jail, medical

Michael A. Nelson, 2012, Lake Erie Corr. Institution, heroin overdose

Elsa Guadalupe Gonzales, 2013, Eloy Detention Center, suicide

Jorge Garcia Mejia, 2013, Eloy Detention Center, suicide

Demond Flowers, April 2013, homicide

Jorge Garcia-Mejia, 2013, Eloy Detention Center

Elsa Guadalupe-Gonzales, 2013, Eloy Detention Center

Babies that have died:

Meredith Manning, Countess Clemons, Gracie Miller

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One inmate dies in Miss. prison fights

A prison official said one inmate has died and several were injured in fights at a prison in southwestern Mississippi that resulted in the facility being put on lockdown.

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Report: Private prisons in Mississippi see high number of assaults

Mississippi: Report details high number of prison assaults in the state’s privately-run prisons, which have two to three times more assaults than state run prisons. “In Mississippi, three companies have operated six prisons over the years: The GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America, and Management and Training Corp. However, The GEO Group, which ran Walnut Grove and two other prisons, left the state in 2012. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed a complaint in December 2011 against the East Mississippi Correctional Facility alleging employees were exposed to violence due to staff shortage and inadequate staff training. The GEO Group, which ran the prison, was fined more than $100,000.” This past Saturday one inmate died and several were injured in fights at the Corrections Corporation of America-run Wilkinson County Correctional facility.

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Coalition Calls for Legislation to Ban For-Profit Prisons

Report on Prison Privatization Bids Released At Last

Concord, NH, April 3, 2013 ─ Following the state’s formal cancellation of considering proposals to privatize the construction and/or management of the state’s prisons, a coalition of organizations opposing prison privatization called for the state to ban privatizing NH corrections through a new law.  HB 443 puts an effective end to the debate by prohibiting prison privatization altogether.  The bill readily passed the NH House of Representatives and will next be considered by the state’s Senate.  There is a public hearing scheduled with the Senate Finance Committee next Tuesday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Earlier today, the state released a long awaited report from an out-of-state consultant who reviewed proposals for for-profit prison expansion and capacity that the state received last year. MGT America of Tallahassee, FL said that not one of the proposals met compliance with all of the necessary requirements to effectively, safely, and legally construct and/or manage the NH’s prisons. The company was paid to provide detailed evaluation of the design/build components of the proposals; evaluation of the operational components; and a financial analysis. MGT found that the private for-profit vendors planned to pay substandard wages that “may make it difficult to maintain a trained and experienced staff.  This could result in high turnover and ultimately impact the safety and security of the correctional facilities.”  It also found that the vendors’ proposed construction, lay-out, and overall specs did not comply with requirements in the request for proposals, including those that appear in consent decrees and court orders that regulate the state’s corrections department as well as to standards set forth by the American Correctional Association.

This is not the first time the idea of privatizing prisons has been raised in the state.  Each time it has been considered, it has been determined that it is not the appropriate path for NH.  “The state spent considerable resources on this,” said Arnie Alpert, NH Program Coordinator of American Friends Service Committee. The fee paid to MGT was $171,000. This outlay was in addition to the time to staff time at the state’s Dept. of Corrections and Administrative Services throughout the request for proposals process.  “Hopefully we will not be spending state dollars on considering this option anymore,” said Alpert.  “This report takes privatization off the table.  Now it’s time to close the door.”

After receiving the report, the state said “the immediate next step is the formal cancellation of the solicitation process.” This clears the way for the state to devote time and resources to identify and plan an alternative commonsense approach to restorative justice.  “States like Texas and New York are reducing costs, prison populations, recidivism and crime rates at the same time,” said Chris Dornin, founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform.  “They focus on treatment, court diversion and community corrections, which are cheaper than incarceration.”

“We are so pleased the state can now focus on a publicly constructed and run women’s prison,” said Peg Fargo, VP of the NH League of Women Voters.  “Build it tomorrow!” She added that the League is also hoping that HB 443 will pass “so we do not have to give for-profit prisons any more consideration.  We know they are not less expensive.  They are not safe for our communities.  And, they are morally wrong. It’s time to move forward.”

NHPrisonWatch, the coalition of organizations opposed to prison privatization include the NH League of Women Voters, NH AFSC, Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform, the NH State Employees’ Association, the NH Civil Liberties Union, and the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among others.

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NH House Bans Private Prisons

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday voted to prohibit privatization of prisons in the state. The measure, HB 443, was approved by a roll call vote of 197-136. The bill now moves on to the Senate for review.

The issue of privatization has been a hot topic for over a year in the state.  The attention began when the state issued a request for proposals for private companies to build a men’s prison, a women’s prison and a hybrid facility.

The bids were complex, and led the state to hire a consultant to help with the review. That consulting team was supposed to complete its work in August of 2012. As of now, the consultants have not yet produced any findings and continue to request contract extensions; the latest request was approved by NH’s Governor and Council earlier this week.

NH Rep. Robert Cushing spoke in favor of the ban during floor debate Thursday, highlighting the difference between the state’s constitutional requirement to rehabilitate prisoners and corporation’s requirement to fill its coffers.

“When we take somebody’s liberty away from them, those who are overseeing that bondage should be responsible to the Governor of New Hampshire as opposed to a corporate entity,” Cushing said.

Bill supporters are asking the public to support HB 443 as it moves to the Senate by contacting their state senator and registering their support.

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Lake Erie Prison Plagued By Violence And Drugs After Corporate Takeover

Here’s what New Hampshire is trying to avoid!  A new report detailing a state inspection of a private prison in Ohio describes gang-related violence so commonplace and drug use so rampant that many guards are afraid to intervene — instead, they are leaving their jobs at an alarming rate.  You can read more about the report here.

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Corporate Prison Leaders Tell the Truth about Themselves

In a very enlightening blog post, Arnie Alpert, shares information from Corrections Corporation of America and The Geo Group’s Form 10K.  According to the SEC, “the 10-K offers a detailed picture of a company’s business, the risks it faces, and the operating and financial results for the fiscal year. Company management also discusses its perspective on the business results and what is driving them.”  We think you will find the complete article fascinating!

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Utah House says ‘no’ to privatization of prison

Utah House lawmakers approved a sixth version of a prison relocation bill Wednesday, March 13, after amending it to ban proposals to turn a new prison’s programs or operation over to private contractors.  You can read more about this here.


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