For-Profit Prison Corporation Accused Of Partnering With Violent Gangs To Run Jail

Corrections Corporation of America is accused of using targeted prison gang violence as a cost-saving measure, ThinkProgress reports:

A lawsuit brought by eight inmates of the Idaho Correctional Center alleges that the company is cutting back on personnel costs by partnering with violent prison gangs to help control the facility. Court documents and an investigative report issued by the state’s Department of Corrections show how guards routinely looked the other way when gang members violated basic facility rules, negotiated with gang leaders on the cell placement of new inmates, and may have even helped one group of inmates plan a violent attack on members of a rival gang.

The inmates contend that officials at the prison — the state’s largest, with more than 2,000 beds — use gang violence and the threat of gang violence as an “inexpensive device to gain control over the inmate population,” according to the lawsuit, and foster and develop criminal gangs.”

11 Comments on "For-Profit Prison Corporation Accused Of Partnering With Violent Gangs To Run Jail"

  1. Hey, kids: let’s privatize everything—what could possibly go wrong?

    [insert sound of crickets chirping]

    • Anarchy Pony | Dec 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm |

      Hey! That’s how we’ll all become free! By having everything owned by people seeking to turn a profit off of it. Liberty somehow!

  2. Making us fight each other–age-old practice of oppressors. They make us do it on the outside and the inside.

  3. I didn’t read the article, but I’m surprised to hear a relatively mainstream media outlet correctly call the police and courts what they really are.

    Violent Gangs.

    • DeepCough | Dec 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

      I was about to say myself: would that “violent gang” happen to be the Union of Prison Guards?

  4. smooth_operator | Dec 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm |


  5. BuzzCoastin | Dec 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm |

    The Land of the Free imprisons more people than any country in the whirled
    Der Homeland has less than 5% of the world’s population and
    23.4% of the world’s prison and jail population

    so what gets done in Prison Amerika’s own private Idaho prisons
    is likely happening in all it’s concentration camps
    which is why they are compelled to call it
    The Land of the Free

  6. What happens when the gangs realize that they can shake down CCA and its major stockholders on the outside as well as the inside?

  7. MadHierophant | Dec 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky inches closer to reality each day…

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