Category Archives: Corrections

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.