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Problems Haunt GEO's Val Verde Correctional Center

Karen Gleason from the Del Rio News Herald reported Saturday that a former GEO Group guard has been indicted on federal civil rights charges for twice striking a federal detainee while employed at the Val Verde Correctional Center in October of 2006.

According to the article, 20 year-old Emmanuel Cassio (meaning Cassio was a 19 year-old correctional officer at the time of the alleged assault) was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of deprivation of rights under the color of law, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Of course, this isn't the first incident at the Val Verde Correctional Center. As we've reported, the Val Verde Detention Center has been subjected to two well-publicized lawsuits. In a 2005 suit, an employee reported that his superior displayed a hangman’s noose in his office and took pictures in his prison uniform donning KKK garb. The second lawsuit was brought by a civil rights organization on behalf of the family of LeTisha Tapia, a detainee who committed suicide after reporting that she had been sexually assaulted and denied medical care. GEO settled both suits. The settlement from the Tapia suit included a full-time county monitor to the prison.

This summer, the facility was again rocked after four inmates came down with a mysterious illness. Three of the inmates later died, but a state investigation could find nothing at the prison linking the prison to the illnesses.

I attended a protest in October at the prison after the Texas Jail Project named the facility the "worst Texas jail" for the fall of 2007. The protest, sponsored by Texas Jail Project, Grassroots Leadership, and the Border Ambassadors was lively, and drew many family members and formerly incarcerated people at the facility who complained the that food was inadequate, and that drugs were readily available in the facility.

The protest was followed by a brief tour of the facility led by GEO's warden, John Campbell, and accompanied by the county monitor, Cody Wheeler. The tour was mostly uneventful, as one might expect with a planned prison tour given to jail advocates. Warden Campbell insisted that not much had changed in the facility over the past several years, because nothing had really been wrong in the prison to start with.

We'll keep you posted on news about Val Verde and other GEO Group prisons in Texas.

 

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mi comentario mas ke nada lo kiero enfocar en los presos de valverde correctional facility estoy enterada ke se les esta dando una muy mala alimentacion la cual esta provocando enfermedades les suplico pongan atencion en ese detalle porfavor alimentenlos bien para evitar las enfermedades... de la manera mas atenta mil gracias... saludos

es cierto estoy de acuerdo en el comentario sobre la alimentacion de esa correccional tengo un amigo ahi y me comenta que les dan puro desecho de la soya y la comida sabe fea porfavor les encargo mas atencion respecto a la alimentacion de los presos, gracias 

Estoy de acuerdo con sus comentarios y mi esposo se encuentra hay y dice que la comida no les alcanza que hay veces que no les toca de comer, y que estan amontonados , POR FAVOR  unamonos para que nuestros familiares no sean tratados nal no podemos decir que como animales por que aqui en este pais un animal es mejor tratado por FAVOR TENGAN COMPASION y si los van a deportar pues haganlo no los esten martirizando... DONDE ESTAN LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS

I SAY THE SAME THING MY FIANCE IS IN THIS JAIL AND IS ALSO VERY SKINNY DUE TO THE TRASH OF FOOD THEY GIVE THEM. H WRITES TO ME ALL THE TIME AND TELLS ME THE WAY THEY TREAT THEMLIKE TRASH AND ALSO GIVE THEM TRASH TO EAT.

he shouldn't have gotten locked up then huh?

You act like trash, you're going to get treated like trash.

It's sad to see comments like this one get posted. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but he who has never done a thing wrong let him be the first to cast a stone.  This country was begun by immigrants, most of which were undesirable in Europe, but you probably wouldn't be familiar with that part of history... wonder why... I realize that people who face poverty in their home countries will do anything to come to the land of opportunity, yes even illegally come to a country who doesn't receive them with open arms. This act doesn't make them trashy it makes them desperate. The way I see it, atleast they come to work the jobs that most of US Americans, would find humiliating. What about our own people, who are capable and able, choosing to stay at home and collect welfare while continuing to mass produce with no regard for those of us who have to support them.  Some are truelly unfortunate, others are just plain lazy... Which would you happen to be?

Dont talk if you dont know what youre talking about.Srew you who ever wrote that you are nobody to say things like that..

 

I meant to say  that to the one that said that if u act like trash you will be treated like trash but srew him.And yes get to know youre history before you talk shit'

 

MI ESPOSO ESTA EN ESA PRICION ES JUAN ZELAYA CONTRERAS EL NO ES MEXICANO SINO PERUANO POR FAVOR DEPORTENLO A PERU SE LOS PIDO TIENE UNA NENA QUE SUFRE DE HIDROCEFALIA Y NECESITA DE SU PADRE ES LO UNICO QUE PIDO QUE LO DEVUELVAN A PERU GRACIAS

pues en verdad yo estuve alli y la comida es muy fea aparte de eso no varian para nada dan lo mismo y lo mismo y pues si con eso quieren tortutar hacen mal porque de alli uno sale con mayor coraje al ver que lo tratan como un animal

PONTE A TRABAJAR EN VEZ DE ESTAR DE LLORON, Y SABES SI ESTUVIERAS ENCERADO EN MEXICO AYI NI TE DAN DE COMER SO PA KE ESTAS LLORANDO. EN VAL VERDE SI QUIERA TIENES ONDE BANARTE, DORMIR, CAGAR, COMER, Y VER LA TELE, KE MAL ES ESO AL OTRO NO TE PONGAS EN LA SITUACION PARA KE VUELVAS

Pobre de la persona que escribio eso mejor no pongas nada que tu espanol no es bueno y deja de hablar mal de los mexicanos.Y hojala nunca te toque estar en una carcel asi y si te yegara a pasar espero que te traten mal como la persona que eres.

My husband is currently being detained here and has told me about the bad food how it smells and its rotten and how its making them sick and all they are told is to drink water, I don't understand why they are tortured before being deported just send them back to their countries and stop misusing taxpayers money for inhumane treatment of the prisoners!

Mi esposo esta detenido en esta carcel en este momento y me a contado de la mala comida que les dan y lo mal que huele y todos se estan enfermando y solo les dicen que tomen agua. No entiendo porque los torturan antes de deportarlos, mandenlos paras sus paises y dejen de estar mal gastando nuestro dinero para el maltrato de los prisioneros!

is actually really good, i work at the facility and eat it on a daily basis. It's funny how an illegal who probably doesn't even eat three meals a day nor has access to medical, dental, a BED, or a shower can bitch and complain when he gets all that AND MORE for free.

Maybe next time he will think before he decides to break the law?

It's easy not to be able to see outside the box when you are part of the problem. I wouldn't expect any different of a comment from an employee of the system. Next time you mistreat one of the detainees, how about you picture your relative in that situation, even if it was many generations ago. Now, is it really humane? Investigated the system, it's not all that together, as you want to make it seem. Not all officers are the same, but quite a few could use a bit of time in the system to learn to serve as you would like to be served.

You would say the food is good bitch cuz you work there im full white blood and i would never talk bad about any person like that so why dont you go srew yourself..and leave the mexicans alone..

 

Of course they re going to tell you the food is horrible, how else are you gonna feel sorry enough for them to fork over your hard earned cash so they can buy their commissary. Then they lose theyre commissary on a bet and ask for more. But if the food was so horrible we wouldnt have the problem of them asking for more food or stealing trays on a daily basis, but what the fuck do we know as guards having to deal with these situations on the daily.

 

hi my name its Bryan from houston texs. my brother jonathan salazar has been in this jail for a year and recently all the family has been tryig to contact him and all the letters that we wrote him have been retured. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE.... "ITS BEEN ALMOST SIX MONTHS THAT WE DONT KNOW ANYTHNG ABOUT HIM." i've heard real bad stuff about this jail house and im really worried.... his pin number its 43293280 jonathan salazar than you so mucjhh.

mi esposa se llama eva marisol villatoro ella es del salvador pero vive en mexico les pido por piedad q la saquen o la deporten ya no entiendo para q la tienen ahi sufriendo ella tiene familia en mexico y la esta espetrando

hey alguien tiene de informacion de cuanto tiempo se tardan para deportar una persona que trato te pasar y lo agarraron? contesten porfavor?

DEPENDE DE CUANTAS VEZES AH CRUZADO

MY HUSBAND IS IN GEO VAL VERDE CORECTIONAL FACILITY ND HE TELLS ME THAT THE FOOD SUKKS ND I BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD SEARCH THERE INMATES A LOT BETTER... >.< nd they should punish the right ppl.. geo val verde needs better guards!!!!!!

WHY DONT YOU GO APPLY? THINK YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB THEN STEP IT UP, ITS EASIER SAID THAN DONE, I LOVE READING ALL THIS NEGATIVITY ABOUT THE FACILITY AND THE GUARDS THEN YOU GO SHOW THEM HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE. YOU ARE THE ONES WHO ELECTED THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THESE LAWS THEN WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING THE INMATES IN THERE ARE THERE FOR A REASON! OR AM I WRONG? WHAT ABOUT ALL THE CRAP THEY HAVE TO PUT UP WITH AND WHEN I SAY THEY I MEAN THE GUARDS.

nd they should hurry up nd sentence ppl instead of just holding them there... they take lik awhole year just to sentence some1 wtf

How can I send my loved money while they are in this facility? 

Val Verde Detention center is a place where the guards themselfs are in contact with Narco's outside those walls.  People that transport drugs or smuggle drugs have a better chance to survive in other detention centers than the one in Del Rio.  You should see how some of these guard ladies look, like they just came out of stripping joint all full of body earring and body markings.  All you see there is young guards that work there because they want the power that is given to them to treat others like shit and make them feel superior.  As a person that has work in a detention center I can say this GEO has no trainning on how to treat inmates nor do they have a clean personnel working for them.  Anything that happens or is said in that facility is know on the other side of the borders by the Narco's.  United States should have better contracts with people that care about humans with equal rights and not this ass holes that make others look bad like me in other detention facilities.

hola que tal una pregunta yo quisiera saber si hay alguna manera o forma de ponerme en contacto con la administracion de este correccional ya que mi hermano se fue de ilegal y bueno tenemos en tendido que puede estar en este lugar ya que tiene rato que no sabemos de el aprox. 8 dias es por ello que escribo para que me ayuden a saber si esta aqui y como le puedo hacer para sacarlo de antemano gracias bye

Puedes llamar a (830) 778-0096 para hablar con la administracion de la carcel.  

leo que algunos de ustedes tienen comunicacion con sus familiares detenidos, de que manera se puede hacer eso? Gracias por las respuestas

Hola,

Si he entendido bien, la gente es capaz de comunicarse con las personas detenidas llamando al centro de detención o por escrito a la persona, con indicación de su número-. Espero que esto te ayude!

Yo estuve encerrada ahi y en efecto la comida es horrible bJas de peso porque bajas te tratan como animal pero pss a eso nos exponemos cuando hacemos algo y si te enfermas pues ya valiste hasta te mueres..

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