This article looks at Geo Group and asks what they are delivering for the big bucks they are making? Turns out it’s a bad deal for prisoners, guards and for the rest of us too. GEO’s cost-cutting measures have resulted in “inadequate training, low pay, and high turnover of corrections staff as well as chronic understaffing. Further allegations of civil rights abuses and medical neglect have resulted in individual and class-action lawsuits brought against the company.”
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Another Longview mother saw her son die because of Gregg County’s policies last week.
“I told them he needed his medication,” said Betty Madewell, referring to 51-year-old Bobby Madewell. “His doctor had prescribed him Xanax, and I told them he needed his Xanax or he would start having seizures.”
(Click on CONTINUE READING to see the excellent story from the Longview News-Journal, a local paper holding county officials accountable. They asked challenging questions, provided the background of similar deaths there, and published the list of terrible symptoms accompanying Xanax withdrawal.)
Amy Lynn Cowling’s day in court is finally here–not a moment too soon for her family. It’s been just a little over two years since her three teen-age children, her mother, and the rest of her family found out that Amy Lynn had died right after Christmas in the Gregg County Jail. Amy Lynn’s relatives say they will wear purple, because that was her favorite color, but they dread what they will hear in open court, because some of the details of Amy Lynn’s last hours are painful and heartrending. The federal trial against Gregg County begins January 22nd in the U.S. District Court at Marshall.
Please continue reading for the Longview News-Journal’s latest story as well as a link to the excellent Texas Tribune article from 2011 by Brandi Grissom.