U.S. Congressman John Culbertson said in a budget hearing that Texas has had a "very successful prison industry."
Culbertson also opined that that Texas has had "Great success...using private contractors" and that those contractors "operate at a significant savings to taxpayers." He also claimed that private facilities provided better food and services overall, and are liable for any issues that may arise.
Texas Prison Bidness, however, has reported several counter-examples of the "great success" portrayed in the recent BOP budget hearing:
The Corrections Corporation of America's witholding information regarding deaths at the Dawson State Jail, where a baby girl died prematurely after no medical personnel were assigned to oversee her mother's care;
The repeated sexual abuse and unsanitary living conditions reported at the Texas Youth Commission's Coke County Juvenile Justice Center, run the the GEO Group;
and the lawsuit filed against Reeves County, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the GEO Group following medical neglect that lead to the death of Jesus Manuel Galindo.
These are only three counter-examples among many that suggest that the "great success" of the private prison industry in Texas is merely a mirage.
The video of the Bureau of Prisons budget hearing is embedded below. The comments in question begin at 49:34.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the GEO Group will host an earnings call today, April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am eastern time (10:00 am central) ("The GEO Group Announces Date for First Quarter 2014 Earnings Release and Conference Call," 4/17/14).
A live audio webcast will be available on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of the GEO Group website. A webcast audio replay will also be available for one year.
A telephonic replay will be available from April 29 until May 29. Replay numbers are 1-888-286-8010 (U.S.) and 1-617-801-6888 (International), and the passcode is 39399118. Contact the GEO Group at 1-866-301-4436 with questions.
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has sheduled a first-quarter earnings call for May 8, according to Marketwatch ("CCA Announces 2014 First Quarter Earnings and Conference Call Dates," 4/23/14).
The conference call will take place at 10:00 am central time (11:00 am eastern) on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The call can be accessed through the CCA website. An online replay will be available following the live conference call, beginning at 1:00 pm central time (2:00 pm eastern) and will be available until the same time on May 16.
To access the telephonic replay, dial dial 888-203-1112 in the U.S. and Canada. International callers must dial +719-457-0820 and enter the passcode 2158209.
According to KHOU Houston, staff at the Management and Training Corporation's Kyle facility witnessed 34-year-old Kendrick Davis climb over the facility's perimeter fence at approximately 2:20 p.m. on Saturday April 27, 2014. Davis incurred minor injuries during the escape ("Nude inmate flees Central Texas prison...but not for long" 4/27/14).
Davis was found by police dogs at approximately 8:00 p.m. a few hundred yards from the facility in a wooded area. At the time of his escape, he was wearing only white boxer shorts and and shoes. When he was found hours later, Davis was naked.
Davis was convicted of of two counts of aggravated robbery in Dallas in 1996 and was sentenced to 25 years.
The Kyle Correctional Facility is located seven miles north of San Marcos, Texas, and is one of seventy private prison corporations in Texas. The facility has the capacity to hold 520 prisoners.