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CivicGenics will Manage Troubled Dickens County Correctional Center

The Associated Press recently reported that CivicGenics will assume management of the Dickens County Correctional Center. Previously, the GEO Group managed this prison where Idaho prisoner Scot Noble Payne comitted suicide. In regards to GEO's managment over the facility, Idaho prison officals have said that the county jail was:

... the worst prison they'd seen, citing what they called an abusive warden, the lack of treatment programs and squalid conditions they said may have contributed to the suicide of inmate Scot Noble Payne, who was held for months in a solitary cell.

In the story, Idaho officials admit they were not maintaining proper oversight of prisoners housed in facilities out of state. Yet, the state still continues to contract with GEO in Texas -- soon officials will finalize a contract with the private prison corporation to incarcerate 40 prisoners in the Val Verde Correctional Facility near the Mexican border.

According to Dickens County officials, CivicGenics will manage the prison better:

GEO "thought they were too good," Sheldon Parsons, a Dickens County commissioner, told Idaho officials. "They're used to running bigger facilities. That just kind of didn't fit into our program. Civigenics will definitely fit."

CivicGenics executives state they will be able to incarcerate about 150 Idaho prisoners at the facility starting in January 2008.

As the Idaho prisoners continue to be held in Texas facilities, time will tell if oversight of these county correctional facilties improves. A recent Senate Criminal Justice committee hearing raised several concerns over the lack of oversight of these facilities. We will post new information as it develops.

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MY HUSBAND IS BEING HELD AT THIS FACILITY AND HE SAYS THAT THE RACISIM AGAINST THE IN MATES THERE IS TERRIBLE. HE HAS A MEDICAL PROBLEM AND HE NEEDEDA A LOWER BUNK AND THEY REFUSED TO GIVE IT TO HIM EVEN AFTER THEY HAD RECORD OF HIS MEDICAL PROB. HES BEEN IN THAT FACILTY AND THEY HAVE TERRIBLE RECORD TRACKING , AND THEY VIOLATE HIS RIGHTS. HIS COURT DATE WAS NOT GIVEN TO HIM I WAS THE ONE THAT INFORMED HIM. HE SAYS THAT THINGS ARE FILTHY AND THERE ARE NO RULES THEYRE JUST TREATED LIKE ANIMALS. PLEASE TRY TO SOLVE THIS MATTER IM GLAD ITS OUT THERE AND IM NOT THE FIRST TO COMPLAIN,