Corrections Corporations of America — the nation’s largest private prison company — is bidding to renew its contract for a troubled immigrant detention center in Youngstown, OH.
But a new study uncovered insect-infested and overcrowded cells, understaffed medical personnel, and a ‘warehouse and forget’ attitude at for-profit prisons like this one.
Stop CCA from abusing prisoners for a profit: sign the petition telling the Bureau of Prisons not to renew CCA’s contract for Youngstown’s ‘Criminal Alien Requirement’ facility.
CCA’s for-profit immigrant prison in Youngstown has been plagued with violence and inhumane conditions ever since CCA took control of it in 1997. In their first year in charge there, CCA oversaw multiple stabbings, two murders and six escapes.
Living conditions got so bad at one point that the city sued CCA on behalf of the prisoners, and standards have not improved much since. Youngstown is not alone: the private prison in Raymondville, Texas, is merely an outdoor tent city stuffed with non-citizen prisoners and surrounded by razor and concertina wire.
The ACLU’s report found dirty, crowded cells crawling with insects and overflowing toilets that threatened prisoner health daily. Raymondville’s immigrant prison is so bad it earned the nickname “Ritmo” (as in Gitmo).
Private prisons are home to such abysmal conditions because of their profit incentive. They make millions off of government contracts and boost profits by cutting costs. This leads to understaffing security and medical personnel, giving prisoners little hope for their safety and rehabilitation.
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