…The contractors save money by paying their staff less than state employees are paid, firing employees in a quick and less-expensive manner, and by providing shorter educational and vocational programs to inmates, Epps said. The state spends an average of $49.76 per inmate per day at its own prisons, for example, and pays the operator of Walnut Grove $37.68 per inmate per day….In Mississippi, three companies have operated six prisons over the years: The GEO Group, Corrections Corporation of America, and Management and Training Corp. However, The GEO Group, which ran Walnut Grove and two other prisons, left the state in 2012….
…The Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed a complaint in December 2011 against the East Mississippi Correctional Facility alleging employees were exposed to violence due to staff shortage and inadequate staff training. The GEO Group, which ran the prison, was fined more than $100,000. Earlier in 2011, an inmate there stabbed a guard in the face….The GEO Group did not respond to repeated requests for comments….
…Conditions at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in the Delta are also troublesome, said Patrick Perry, a former guard there. Perry recalled a day in the prison when he tried to report an inmate riot to supervisors but the call never went through…. Repeated requests to Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America for comments were not answered….