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Obama Won’t Let Poor Private Prison Beat And Rape Its Juvie Inmates, Because He Loves Crime

Throw away the key

Well this is a fine how-do-ye-do! Barack Hussein Obama loves 13-year-old juvenile offenders in Mississippi private prisons more than he loves the upstanding citizens who beat and rape them! A “scathing decision” from a federal judge, following a report by the Department of Justice, said the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility allowed “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk.” And now GEO, the Boca Raton-based private prison company that ran it, has pulled out of all three of its prisons in Mississippi! What does Barack Obama have against capitalism and the private prison-industrial complex!!?!

Oh, this maybe:

* Prison staff had sex with incarcerated youth, which investigators called “among the worst that we’ve seen in any facility anywhere in the nation.”
* Poorly trained guards brutally beat youth and used excessive pepper spray as a first response.
* The prison showed “deliberate indifference” to prisoners possessing homemade knives, which were used in gang fights and inmate rapes.
* Some guards had gang affiliations — a finding confirmed to NPR last year by former inmate Justin Bowling.

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Does the Southern Poverty Law Center perhaps have some thoughts on this?

Sheila Bedi, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that her group is considering legal action against the prison.

Regarding Walnut Grove, Bedi said whoever takes over management of the facility, at least the juvenile offenders held there will be safer under the court order.

“Some of the more significant relief includes an agreement to remove all children from that facility, and to put them in a stand-alone unit that will be operated by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and governed by juvenile justice, as opposed to adult correctional standards,” she said.

Pffft. There we go, coddling 13-year-old criminals by not raping them maybe. Has Barack Obama at long last no sense of shame? AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? Oh right. [NPR]

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110 comments

  1. Barb

    " a finding confirmed to NPR last year by former inmate Justin Bowling"
    If he's in solitary confinement, would he be in a league of his own?

  2. SorosBot

    Man, privatizing our prisons has been such a great idea that's just worked wonders for our justice system.

    1. iburl

      and it's great for the free market to have government responsibilities because private corporations are inherently more moral and just than government facilities and our tax monies should always go to the most expensive option with the worst outcomes. Also all that tax money we give them just goes directly into campaign coffers so that we can continue to harden laws and lock more and more people up for longer and longer times, because this is the land of the free.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        And companies will always be more diligent in monitoring employees because they have a bottom line to consider whereas lazy government employees have no incentive to achieve because of their pay, benefits and socialist unions.

        Ack! Can't even write it without cringing.

    2. Tundra Grifter

      SorosBot:

      Rather like ancient Egypt and the Ottoman Empire, when "tax farmers" were private entities hired to collect public taxes.

      Guess that explains why those two empires are still around, eh?

      1. doloras

        The Romans, too. Cicero made his name prosecuting a particularly corrupt tax farmer in Asia Minor.

  3. bumfug

    "…a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions…" Forget the prisons – that's pretty much the whole state of Mississippi.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      As luck would have it, Mrs. Bear is in Mississippi right now consulting on an aspect of state government. Let's just say the system is a little "different" there – and by different I mean decades behind the times.

      Of course, blue states have fucked up services too. Just fucked up in different ways – and anytime a "business first" governor of either party gets involved, the damage lingers for years.

  4. Allmighty_Manos

    "And now GEO, the Boca Raton-based private prison company that ran it, has pulled out of all three of its prisons in Mississippi!"

    Just what we need, more government regulations strangling free enterprise and job creation.

  5. freakishlywrong

    It is run by GEO Group of Boca Raton, Fla., the nation's second-largest for-profit prison corporation, which posted a profit of $284 million last year.
    The invisible hand. Fail.

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Well, when you only go into business to basically usurp government functions but run them less efficiently (except from a profit extracting viewpoint) I don't know how invisible the hand is rather than stabbed to the table to avoid messing with you.

      Privatization is a nasty rigged game. And the private prison companies use their money on the finest lobbyists and influence peddlers to keep it that way.

  6. BaldarTFlagass

    "Regarding Walnut Grove, Bedi said whoever takes over management of the facility, at least the juvenile offenders held there will be safer under the court order."

    Sounds to me like they'd be safer in Abu Ghraib than in their current situation.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      as opposed to adult correctional standards”

      …will be safer under the court order

      – but, srsly indeed. Fuck this. As if it NEVER occurred to anyone that, whoa, sure!, Eureka, we have kids here, and as such they belong in a juvenile-appropriate facility. Not just thrown to the wolves like so much refuse.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Because of overcrowding and NIMBY attitudes, among other issues, a whole lot of juvies are in what are supposed to be segregated wings of adult facilities nationwide. That's true for prisons, mental health facilities and developmental disability facilities. It is stupid and counterproductive, but the costs of dedicated facilities always draw the ire of budget cutters. Who shockingly are also the assholes who helped create the overcrowding in the first place.

  7. ProgressiveInga

    Last night, RMoney said “We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice".

    Oh, so, he'll just re-privatize juvenile prisons. Got it.

    1. Redgyal

      By urban he means blah, right? I wonder if the good wah schools will cotton to mittens giving vouchers out for those people to come to their schools.

  8. BaldarTFlagass

    I saw a GEO bus transporting prisoners in downtown San Antonio last week. It looked like a really nice bus. I thought maybe they were taking the inmates for an enjoyable day out at Fiesta. But maybe not.

  9. actor212

    Prison staff had sex with incarcerated youth

    Were they paid in whore diamonds? Cuz then Romney could just claim they were receiving job training for a future position as Republican spouse.

    Rehabilitation!

  10. Douché

    "* Prison staff had sex with incarcerated youth, which investigators called “among the worst that we’ve seen in any facility anywhere in the nation.” "

    That's pretty bad to be rated among the worst prison sex in the nation. People will NOT be clamoring for a bunk there.

  11. Callyson

    Last week, CEO George Zoley said the company was discontinuing its contract at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility that houses inmates with mental illness because the facility had been "financially underperforming."

    Yeah–abusing kids doesn't pay as well as he thought it would. Asshole.

    Also, Joe Arpaio on line one…

  12. Texan_Bulldog

    What? You mean Barry doesn't want kids who have shitty home lives, are poor and engaged in misdemeanor-level behavior to be raped & have such a horribly traumatic experience in juvie 'centers' that they go on to become hardened don't-want-to-meet-in-the-alley criminals? What a typical bleeding heart liberal.

  13. OkieDokieDog

    Single mothers blah blah gays destroying marriage blah blah God taken out of the schools blah blah. More private prisons. Problem solved.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      What state has the lowest literacy rate? Answer: Mississippi.
      What state has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy? Answer: Mississippi.
      What state has the highest level of children living in poverty? Answer: Mississippi.

      What state is run by fat white Republicans who think the answer to every problem is tax cuts and giveaways to businesses and cruel, inhuman treatment of everyone not rich enough get the fuck out of that shithole.

  14. actor212

    And now GEO, the Boca Raton-based private prison company that ran it, has pulled out of all three of its prisons in Mississippi!

    I see what you do there, Editrix

  15. BaldarTFlagass

    * Prison staff had sex with incarcerated youth, which investigators called “among the worst that we’ve seen in any facility anywhere in the nation.”

    I'm confused. Was it the youth, the staff, or the sex that were the worst they've seen?

    Edit—Dang it, Douchay!

  16. V572 Fehrnstrom

    Okay, government can't do much right, but apparently it can guard prisoners better than the private sector. Who knows, maybe it can even run schools, build highways, operate the courts, and enforce the law. (It's already demonstrated its excellence in bombing Browns.)

    And really, Southern Poverty Law Center, such a bunch of whiners, always worrying about RW hate groups and wanting to coddle convicts.. What do gun-nut nut-jobs trying to overthrow the rule of law have to do with southern poverty law?

  17. gullywompr

    Why didn't those prisoners hire guards that would treat them well in the first place? Don't they understand how privitization works?

  18. SayItWithWookies

    Well, if we can't throw our children to the mercies of the free market, where they'll be tended to like commodities and handled by poorly-trained, low-paid schlubs with no job security or prospects of advancement, then — uh — we'll just give them vouchers for private schools, since they're doing such an excellent job.

  19. niblick77

    They were gay raping them, because you know, they were trying to turn them into republicans. (hey, they need the votes, ok?)

  20. OneYieldRegular

    The mere fact that there's anyone trying to profit off of prisons should be reason enough to arrange a switch between the occupants of the cells at Walnut Grove and those in the offices of GEO, and let the kids have their turn running things.

  21. LastGasp

    Some guards had gang affiliations — a finding confirmed to NPR last year by former inmate Justin Bowling.

    Look, everyone just wants to belong, is that so wrong?

  22. Biff

    Ah, nostalgia. This made me look up the one I was incarcerated in. Being from an elitist, snobbish county in the Bay Area, of course it even has it's own yelp entry.

  23. BaldarTFlagass

    Fortunately, these incarcerated kids are young and resilient and I am sure that they will all bounce back and turn into productive members of society. I mean, that's the intent here, right?

  24. Dr_Zoidberg

    Damn it, Barack! *pounds fist on table* Stop coddling these 'children' and start up the Hunger Games now!

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  25. prommie

    Pish posh, this is nothing, you know the old story, who do you get to guard the worst of the worst? People who are even worse. No, the very very best shining example of the virtues of the Republican led movement to privatize prisons is the Pennsylvania case in which the prison company executives were bribing the local judges who heard juvenile cases, paying them to send more kids to jail. Isn't that just the most heart-warming story of Truth, Justice, and the American Way you ever heard? Not at all the sort of story you would hear about some corrupt third-world bannana republic.

    1. SorosBot

      Well how else are we gonna get our unpaid labor without technically violating the 13trh Amendment?

    2. FNMA

      As a native Pennsyltuckian, I object to how you characterized the Pennsylvania situation. It was a win-win. The judges made out. The prison operators made out. The kids? Fuck them. I mean, not literally. We're not Mississippi, for Christ's sake.

    3. valthemus

      Ridiculous! Lies!! Don't you liberal pansies know privatizing is ALWAYS better than leaving things to soulless bureaucrats who will simply "follow the rules"? Kids ain't gonna learn nothin' iffn ya don't beat 'em! Not sure about the rape thing, but ya def'nitely gots t' beat 'em!

    1. Redgyal

      So sad. I actually Have coworkers who are angry that inmates get three meals a day. They think that it rewarding them for what they did. I pointed out that they lose their freedom as part of the process but my coworkers for some reason felt that they got the worse deal by having the freedom to go to work everyday to earn money to pay for three meals a day. Christ!

  26. Steverino247

    People like Charlie Manson are made in facilities like this. So, treat juvenile prisoners humanely, give them some job skills and hope OR ass rape them, beat them and then bitch about how much it costs to hunt them down and execute them after they get even with society for doing that to them.

  27. pdiddycornchips

    Whenever I read anything about the private prison industry, I have to self medicate to tap down the homicidal rage. Is there a less morally indefensible line of business?

  28. MissTaken

    This is bullshit. According to Skinemax nubile incarcerated juvenile girls love it when the guard comes in late at night to show her his nightstick. They LOVE it.

    1. Man0nTheStreet

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  29. SorosBot

    Doesn't Obama know that once someone's been convicted of a crime, they're forever a criminal, any mistreatment of them is justified, and they should always be unemployable and forced to live in poverty?

    This, of course, applies to common criminals, like burglars or black guys who smoke pot on occasion; public officials who take bribes or corporate executives who steal millions of dollars from customers should always be able to rehabilitate themselves.

    1. Redgyal

      Right, because their crimes don't hurt anyone…they're victimless crimes…so why punish them? They are being punched enough with all the bad publicity.

  30. Tundra Grifter

    Is this a bad time to mention that the Arizona anti-immigration law was drafted by a private prison company?

  31. chascates

    The inmates are mainly young, black males. That itself is almost a death sentence in Mississippi.

  32. donner_froh

    Poorly trained guards brutally beat youth and used excessive pepper spray as a first response.

    Those recruits from the NYPD really worked out well.

  33. Man0nTheStreet

    Someday, maybe, if sanity and justice guide US Government, Private Prisons will be Constitutionally-banned as the anti-democratic abominations they are.

  34. rickmaci

    And what about the state of Mississippi that has been ripped off by GEO? Does Mississippi have a Governor? An Attorney General? Legislative committees to do oversight? Why are we not hearing from the leaders that run the state of Mississippi? Oh yah, they are all asshat RepubliKKKLans and are out collecting campaign funds while having drinks and lunch with the execs of GEO.

  35. CessnaDriver

    Drug Blimpblob is applying for a weekend job as a guard in a juvenile prison.

    Why go to the DR to butt-motorboat young boys when you can do it in the US and get paid minimum wage while you are at it?

  36. StarsUponThars

    "And so many of the people in the [jail] here were, you know, underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them." — Barbara Bush

  37. ttommyunger

    Juvenile rape, slave labor; seems to work OK for the Catholic Church. No harm, no foul, right?

  38. WonkCynic

    Could have nipped it in the bud a lot sooner by tying the tubes of the mamas that birthed the shitty little criminals. Then nobody'd be in those prisons in the first place. If them bitches and thugs would actually "raise" their spawn instead of simply breeding and dumping their feral monkeys out into the skreet to fend for themselves, they wouldn't become 13 year old criminals to begin with. Then the creepy freaks wouldn't have jobs in private prisons! But they'd still have jobs working for the TSA at aiports! And they'd be able to fondle noncriminal children instead of shitty little thugs. Want a job fondling kiddies? Go to work for King nigga Obarmer and his bull dyke Napolitano. They just loves to see their police state security staff fondling chilrens and old ladies at aiports.

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