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MSNBC reports on squalid conditions at Dickens

Geo Group's Dickens County Correctional Center hit the front page of MSNBC yesterday with the headline, "Suicide Reveals Squalid Conditions." The suicide referred to in the title is that of Scot Noble Payne, who killed himself in solitary confinement after an escape attempt last December. His family is one of many families that have complained about the decrepit conditions at GEO-run prison.

This week, Idaho has announced plans to move the prisoners to yet another GEO Group prison. It turns out that the Idaho Department of Correction's own head of health care, who toured the prison shortly after Payne's suicide (which would likely place this visit in March) described the prison as the worst he had ever seen and the prison in general "beyond repair."

Yet, there are no reported plans for GEO Group to close Dickens or to repair it before putting other prisoners there. According to GEO Group's website, there are closer to 500 prisoners there. That means that 125 prisoners are being moved because conditions there are squalid, yet the rest of the people there will just have to live with squalor. From all indications, these 125 people will soon be replaced with other people, and the conditions will remain the same until Texas refuses to allow gulags to operate inside its borders.

Scott Henson did an excellent write-up of the GEO Group's Texas operation at Grits for Breakfast

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The guards at this facility are in general on the up and up BUT there is one there now selling drugs within this prison. What can the general public do to get this stopped? They have runners who take the drugs from one dorm to another. There was just a stabbing over drugs just recently and he will be patted on the back for this and living through it. He will get his "stripes'!!!!!!! Inmates will be beaten for not complying to the demands of other inmates .If one inmate is suspected of telling he will be beaten. If you don"t want to be beaten then your family is coerced to send money to the guard to take care of the inmate. Pretty bad for someone being paid to "guard' THESE INMATES BY MAKING THE MATTER WORSE AND HE GOES HOME WITH A LITTLE EXTRA IN HIS POCKET.

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OH MY GOD. THIS IS TERRIBLE, I AM FROM SOTH TEXAS AND MY HUSBAND IS INCARCERATED THERE. ALL THE WAY TO WEST TEXAS. I HAVE TO TRAVEL 900 MILES TO VISIT HIM. ITS VERY EXPENSIVE AND VERY HARD FOR US AND HE TELLS ME HES FINE BUT I SEE IT IN HIS FACE THAT ITS NORT TRUE. THIS SHOWS ME WHAT KIND  OF MISTREATMENT HE IS GETTING. ITS TAKEN A TOLL ON HIS LITTLE GIRL TOO. I HOPE THEY UNDERSTAND AND MOVE INMATES CLOSER TO HOME SO THAT FAMILIES CAN VISIT MORE OFTEN. ITS BEEN PROVEN THAT FAMILY SUPPORT FOR INMATE REHABILITATION WORKS. THEY FEEL LOST AND LEFTOUT WHEN THEY ARE ALONE THATS WHEN THEY FEEL THAT THEY GOT NOTHING TO BEHAVE FOR OR CHANGE FOR AND RETALIATE  INSIDE THE PRISON. CUZ THEY MADE MISTAKES OUTHERE AND NONVIOLENT INMATES AHOULD NOT BE TREATED LIKE AGRESSIVE VIOLENT ONES. I LOVE U BABY.. I KNOW THINGS WILL BE BETTER WHEN U GET OUT..LOVE UR WIFE.M