Prison Reform Groups Call For End Of Federally funded Private Prisons
Published: September 13, 2012
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Prison reform advocates are calling for an end to private prisons that mainly hold illegal immigrants, including a Mississippi facility that erupted in a deadly riot this spring. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the groups claim the prisons create the conditions that contributed to the May riot that left one guard dead.
There are 13 federally funded private prisons intended mainly to hold illegal immigrations nationwide.
One is the the Adams County Correctional Facility where a May prisoner riot left a guard dead.
Judy Green with the prison reform group Justice Strategies is calling for an end to these prisons saying they are over-crowded, have poor medical care and mistreat prisoners.
"Compared with low security prisons that the bureau itself runs, these low security contract prisons have higher rates of mistakes. Higher rates of disturbances. And higher rates on contraband," Green said.
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