Category Archives: Corrections

Private prison options offered

Source: Michael Erskine, Commercial Appeal (TN), January 10, 2006

A coalition opposed to private management of Shelby County’s jail and prison populations presented the Commission on Monday with a list of possible money-saving alternatives. A report by the local Coalition Against Private Prisons and the North Carolina-based Grassroots Leadership called for alternate sentencing for people convicted of misdemeanor offenses, as well as the transfer of state felons out of the Correction Center to make room for more jail inmates. …. The report comes a month after Sheriff Mark Luttrell and Mayor A C Wharton announced they would not support any proposal to privately manage the county’s jail and prison populations, halting an internal review of two privatization bids. The GEO Group and Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America had submitted proposals in hopes of landing a lucrative contract with county government to privatize the jail and Correction Center.

Prison fight stirs up crowding debate

Source: GWEN FLORIO, Great Falls Tribune (MT), Jan 11, 2006

The weekend fight at the Crossroads Correctional in Shelby that injured two correctional guards comes after repeated complaints that the state’s only for-profit private prison is too crowded. Still, both the Legislature during its regular session last year, and the Corrections Advisory Council more recently, rejected plans to expand the prison. …… The incident is being investigated by three different offices — the state Corrections Department, the Toole County Sheriff and the private Corrections Corp. of America, which runs the prison. None is releasing names of the five officers or about a half-dozen inmates involved in the incident, which lasted a scant six minutes.

Jail privatization plan piques Snyder County's interest

Source: By Marcia Moore, The Daily Item (PA), January 11, 2006

MIDDLEBURG — The Snyder County commissioners are closely following Beaver County’s attempt at privatizing its county jail. The commissioners contacted their counterparts in Beaver County after learning of their plan to save an estimated $1.6 million a year by hiring a private management firm to operate their prison. ….. The Snyder County Jail, which can house about 175 inmates and employs 32 full-time corrections officers and 18 part-time officers, has cost the county more than $2 million a year to operate. In the past two years, the prison board has taken steps to reduce expenses, including a recent move to no longer house federal inmates and reduce the inmate population to between 90 and 100. Beaver County officials said they anticipate saving $5 million over three years by having CiviGenics, of Massachusetts, operate their jail, which holds 400 inmates and has 70 full-time and part-time corrections officers. The union representing the jail employees [ed. note: SEIU] has been trying to negotiate an alternative way to lower costs.

Private Company Takes Over Prison

Source: Associated Press (IN), January 5, 2006

NEW CASTLE, Ind. — A Florida-based company has taken over operations at an eastern Indiana state prison and plans to quickly begin adding inmates to the facility. About 20 new inmates are expected to arrive at the prison each day this week, said Craig Hanks, superintendent of the prison for GEO Group Inc. ….. GEO Group contracted with the Indiana Department of Correction to assume management of the prison for an initial term of four years with three two-year extensions.

Scott County reaches deal for jail food services

Source: MATT SANDERS, Southeast Missourian, Friday, December 23, 2005

BENTON, Mo. — If the food in the Scott County Jail makes an inmate sick, it soon won’t be the county’s problem. At its Tuesday meeting, the Scott County Commission approved bids for meal and commissary service in the jail. Starting sometime in January, ARAMARK Correctional Services of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., will provide meal service to the jail. Commissary service will be provided by Keefe Commissary Network of Earth City, Mo. ….. Scott City Sheriff Rick Walter said the most important aspect of the meal service contract is that the county will no longer be liable if a prisoner is served bad food and gets sick, the contractor will. The professional food service company will also be more equipped to provide meals that follow proper nutrition guidelines, he said.

Sexton resigning from prison board

Source: Tina Moore, Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), Fri, Dec. 23, 2005

Longtime Republican power broker Charles P. Sexton Jr. is stepping down from the board that oversees Delaware County’s troubled prison. ……. Sexton’s resignation from the county’s Board of Prison Inspectors follows a spate of suspicious prison deaths and the pending expiration of a contract with the private company that runs the jail. The George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton is the state’s only privately run prison. ….. The $32.8 million contract between the county and GEO Group, formerly known as Wackenhut, expires May 31. It was signed in 1995. Two of the deaths in the last year were of high-profile violent offenders and raise questions about the prison’s supervision of mentally ill inmates.

No jail privatization, says sheriff / Thompson slams abrupt decision by Luttrell, says it smells of politics

Source: By Michael Erskine, Commercial Appeal (TN), December 16, 2005

Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell and Mayor A C Wharton said Thursday they will not support any proposal to privately manage the county’s jail and prison populations. Their announcement delivered a possibly fatal blow to two proposals by private firms hoping to land a lucrative contract with county government to privatize the Shelby County Jail and Correction Center. “As far as I’m concerned, this is over,” said Luttrell, who runs the jail.

Jail Privatization Issue Draws Continued Debate

Source: ANDY MEEK, The Memphis Daily News(TN), Dec 19, 2005

He’s a corrections officer who has worked at the Shelby County Penal Farm for 16 years, a career that, until recently, has been mostly spent out of the limelight and away from the public eye. But in the last three years, Jeff Woodard – who has become one of Shelby County government’s most outspoken, persistent critics – figures he’s missed only five public meetings of the full County Commission. Protesting privatization. With most appearances, Woodard protests the notion that a private company could ever smoothly manage the county’s jail and prison facilities, something county leaders have been studying with particular interest over the past year. ……. But Woodard’s nonappearance wasn’t the most significant absence from the meeting that day. Also missing were the new jail proposals themselves, which are tweaked versions of packages submitted to the county earlier this year by two leading companies in the private prison industry. Only a few people in county government have actually seen the proposals that Corrections Corp. of America and The GEO Group redelivered to county leaders about one month ago.

Idaho prisons face overcrowding

Source: Associated Press (ID)
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — When Idaho shipped 302 inmates to a private Minnesota prison last month, it was only easing overcrowding: The state’s prisons remain above capacity, and Department of Correction officials appear likely to ask for a nearly $8 million cash infusion during the upcoming 2006 Legislature to handle the overflow. With a two-year contract, it’ll cost Idaho about $1.1 million more to lock up its prisoners at the prison in Appleton, Minn., run by the Corrections Corporation of America. That’s based on figures given by state officials on Oct. 27, when they said it would cost $53 per day in Minnesota, compared to $48 in Idaho.