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Stopping Prison—and Jail—Privatization

Nov 24th, 2014 | By
Stopping Prison—and Jail—Privatization

Texas Jail Project supports all efforts to reduce the number of privatized county jails and prisons in Texas. We work with Grassroots Leadership to supply information and to educate lawmakers and county officials about the detrimental effects of this commercialization of our justice system, but it’s an uphill battle in Texas, which leads the nation in the number of detention facilities that are privatized. Now, GEO and CCA and the other money-hungry private companies are pulling in millions off the backs of immigrants. This excellent article from the American Friends Service Committee tells what it’s like for the people held in those places and follows the money as well: “”Immigrant detention is a growth opportunity for for-profit prison companies, expanding their business model from state and federal prisons.”



A GEO Group Rap Sheet: For-Profit Misery and Death

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By
A GEO Group Rap Sheet: For-Profit Misery and Death

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.”



Study on Costs of Liberty County Jail Inmates

Aug 16th, 2012 | By

Amazing how private prison companies always proclaim they will save the counties money, when the facts prove otherwise. Just look at one statement in this article: “The Liberty County jail, run by Community Education Centers (CEC) has seen its per diem rates rise 64% in the past year. Last summer the county paid $46.50 per inmate per day. Today the rate is $72.75 per day to house one inmate. “



Liberty County Jailer Smuggling Drugs to Inmate

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By

A 25-year-old Daisetta, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. James Allen Roach pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to attempting to provide a federal inmate with a prohibited object. According to information presented in



Karnes County Partners with Private Prison Company

May 26th, 2011 | By

People in the GEO-run facilities around Texas and elsewhere describe abuse, overcrowding and a lack of medical care that would be called criminal in any other setting. There is more information on this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-ice-no-new-immigrant-detention-center-in-karnes-co-texas Background: The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has contracted with a private prison company with a



Sign a petition against a new private prison in Karnes County

May 12th, 2011 | By

Go to this site and read about this bad idea:
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-ice-no-new-immigrant-detention-center-in-karnes-co-texas.



No Accountability: GEO Does What It Wants

Nov 1st, 2010 | By

Here is a letter from someone who knows what it’s like to deal witha GEO run jail. Her complaints sound much like others having to do with private prison companies and the lack of accountability. The sheriff here In Karnes County sends most of his prisoners to Frio Co. Detention Center because we don’t have



Val Verde Jail—Still Bad or Even Worse?

Oct 7th, 2010 | By

Check out the excellent blog called Texas Prison Bidness… http://www.texasprisonbidness.org/ with its new interactive map which has color-coded pins to show exactly which county jails and prisons and immigration prisons are run by private prison companies like CCA and Geo, Inc. Click on a pin and you get the basic info, for example, clicking on



Do We Now Have Separate Jails for the Rich?

Sep 24th, 2010 | By

Friday, September 24, 2010 9:43 AM by Matt Clarke, Prison Legal News There are two criminal justice systems in the United States. One is for people with wealth, fame or influence who can afford to hire top-notch attorneys and public relations firms, who make campaign contributions to sheriffs, legislators and other elected officials, and who



Ft. Bend Sent Inmates Far Away

Jan 20th, 2010 | By

The Fort Bend Star published a letter by Sue Ann Lorig (“Sending Prisoners to Another Facility Disturbing,” April 16, 2008) about the Ford Bend County Commission’s decision to send county prisoners over 500 miles away to the Dickens County Correctional Center. Local resident Sue Ann Lorig is a volunteer for Texas Jail Project.