“What happens if you privatize prisons is that you have a large industry with a vested interest in building ever-more prisons.” -- Molly Ivins, 2003

Kyle Correctional Facility: Man escapes, is found naked in woods

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. 

Man dies in Bowie County Jail, Family sues CEC

The sister and daughters of a man who died in Texarkana's Bowie County Jail are suing Community Education Centers (CEC), the private prison company that operates the facility. 

According to The Eagle, the family of James Hankins has filed a lawsuit. Hankins was allegedly found dead in his cell in August 2012. His cause of death is reported to be a ruptured stomach ulcer. 

According to the lawsuit, Hankins had complained of stomach ulcers just days before his death, and showed signs of physical distress during a vist. Regardless of these symptoms, the facility's personnel ignored Hankins' complaints. 

CEC representatives could not be reached for comment. 

Mr. Hankins is not the first prisoner to die of negligence while in CEC's custody. In 2010, a woman sued CEC after her son was allegedly denied medical care and died of cancer as a result. 

Update 4/17: We hadn't seen this before, but check out the tribute to James "Hank" Hankins on the Texas Jail Project's website.  

OSHA: GEO required to pay fine, safeguard workers

The GEO Group, which operates 42 prisons and detention facilities in the United States, has entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. The settlement requires GEO to instate measures that better protect employees from routine workplace violence in each of its facilities ("Florida-Based Employer Must Safeguard Workers," 3/26/14). 

In June 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited GEO for workplace hazards at a facility in Meridian, Miss. These violations include the company's failure to fix faulty cell door locks; to provide training and equipment to protect employees in violent situations; and failure to provide adequate staffing.

The three-year agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the citation has been upgraded to a serious violation, which will require GEO to pay a $13,600 fine. GEO will also be required to hire a third-party consultant who will manage a violence prevention program and conduct safety audits at each of the company's 42 facilities. GEO is also required to employ a corporate-level violence coordinator at each facility. 

Teresa Harrison, acting regional administrator for OSHA in Atlanta, thinks this new measure will be effective: 

“This corporate-wide settlement agreement will have a far-reaching effect and impact on correctional officers and other staff nationwide...This agreement is the first of its kind in the corrections industry that addresses the hazards associated with workplace violence.” 

 

GEO employee charged with sexual assault at Texas detention center

GEO Group employee pleaded not guilty to charges that he initiated sexual contact with a man detained at an immigration detention center ("Jail Employee charged with Detainee Sex," 3/27/14) south of San Antonio operated by GEO Group.  GEO is the same private prison corporation subject to a hunger strike at two detention facilities in Texas and Washington State. 

Juan Aguilar, formerly employed at the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, near San Antonio, worked in the kitchen. The incident allegedly occured on February 17, when Aguilar is said to have lowered the detained man's pants and began performing oral sex on him in the facility's kitchen. Unfortunately, this incident is not the first alleged sexual assault to take place at Pearsall. 

Aguilar was indicted on March 19 and was charged with the sexual abuse of a ward. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General is overseeing the investigation. Aguilar is no longer employed at the facility.

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