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For-profit prison group drops plans for third jail in Adelanto

ADELANTO – Geo Group Inc., a global for-profit prison operator, has decided to vacate plans to construct a 1,050-bed facility in the city, officials said Wednesday. The Adelanto City Council was expected to vote to accept Geo Group’s request to drop its plans at a City Council meeting on Wednesday. While several Geo employees turned



UPDATE: Two more prisons on horizon

Despite several critical comments in a meeting that lasted into the wee hours of Thursday morning, two separate prison proposals that could potentially alleviate the city’s current fiscal crisis passed preliminary steps for approval by the Adelanto City Council. The five-member board approved the first reading of development agreements to construct both a 1,050-bed prison



Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

Published on August 19, 2014, in News, Private Prisons.

The nation’s largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. The payments came after an investigation found that the federal prison



State begins takeover of private prison in Boise

Published on July 1, 2014, in Private Prisons.

The state takeover of a privately managed prison in Boise is now underway. Idaho corrections staff have been preparing for months to take over the 2,080-bed prison — the state’s largest — since Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced earlier this year he would not renew the $29 million-a-year contract with Corrections Corporations of America. That



Ex-inmate loses religious programming challenge at private prison in Mississippi

A former inmate at a privately run Mississippi prison had no constitutional right to be provided with Catholic-oriented television programming, a federal appeals court has ruled. Raymond Gutierrez, a California inmate who had been housed at the Corrections Corporation of America prison in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, had sued the prison management company in January 2013.



Prison probe never done: Idaho AG wants Corrections Corp. of America criminally investigated

The Idaho attorney general’s office is calling for a criminal investigation into Correction Corporation of America’s understaffing of the Idaho Correctional Center after learning that a police investigation announced last year was never done. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden wrote the letter to Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter and the heads of the state police,



Shutdown forces prison employees in Atwater to work without pay

Published on October 7, 2013, in Private Prisons.

Inmates at the federal penitentiary in Atwater are getting paid for jobs they perform while in prison, despite a partial government shutdown that began a week ago today. But the 387 prison employees responsible for overseeing those high-risk criminals haven’t seen a penny for about a week, according to union officials. Donald Martin, president of



Mother of slain California prison guard says jails need help

Published on October 1, 2013, in Private Prisons.

Prison inmates killed Terry Rivera’s son, a correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater. The two former Atwater inmates now await trial for the 2008 attack, whose fundamental facts are not in dispute. Rivera, meanwhile, awaits something else: Peace of mind. “My family, my life, will never be the same again without my son,” Rivera said



Kentucky No Longer Contracting with Privately-Run Prison Facilities

Published on June 30, 2013, in Private Prisons.

The leader of Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says a declining recidivism rate is a major reason why the commonwealth no longer needs to house inmates in privately-run prisons. The last remaining contract between the state and a company running a private prison expired over the weekend. WKU Staff Report in the WKU FM



America’s private prison system is a national disgrace

Published on June 13, 2013, in Private Prisons.

The shifting of government responsibilities to private actors isn’t without consequence, as privatization often comes with a lack of oversight and a series of abuses. One particularly stunning example is the American prison system, the realities of which should be a national disgrace. Some of those realities are highlighted in a recent lawsuit filed by