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Million Shares Club: 36 Major Private Prison Investors

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“Each of these following companies own over 1 millions shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO.” Unbelievable!!

  •  American Century Companies Inc.
  • Ameriprise Financial Inc.
  • Balestra Capital LTD.
  • Bank Of America Corp.
  • Bank Of New York Mellon Corp.
  • Barclays Global Investors
  • Blackrock Fund Advisors
  • Carlson Capital LP
  • Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn LLC
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP
  • Eagle Asset Management Inc.
  • Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.
  • FMR LLC
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Hamlin Capital Management, LLC
  • ING Investment Management, LLC & Co.
  • Invesco LTD.
  • Jennison Associates LLC
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Keeley Asset Management Corp.
  • Lazard Asset Management LLC
  • London Co. Of Virginia
  • Makaira Partners LLC
  • Managed Account Advisors LLC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • New South Capital Management INC
  • Northern Trust Corp
  • Principal Financial Group Inc
  • Renaissance Technologies LLC
  • River Road Asset Management, LLC
  • Scopia Capital Management LLC
  • State Street Corp
  • Suntrust Banks INC
  • Vanguard Group INC
  • Wells Fargo & Company

Originally posted on Prison Divestment Campaign:

There are 36 U.S.-based major financial investors that own over one million shares of CCA and GEO combined. The following companies each own over 1 million shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO:

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The Dirty Thirty: Nothing to Celebrate About 30 Years of Corrections Corporation of America

Originally posted on Prison Reform Movement's Weblog:

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues...

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO  Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

Prisons for Profit are morally and socially wrong.  Click the link below to read all 30 reports….

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s oldest and largest for-profit private prison corporation, is commemorating its 30th anniversary throughout 2013 with a series of birthday celebrations at its facilities around the country.

Over the last 30 years, CCA has benefited from the dramatic rise in incarceration and detention in the United States. Since the company’s founding in 1983, the incarcerated population has risen by more than 500 percent to more than 2.2 million people. Meanwhile, the number of people held in immigrationdetention centers has exploded from an average daily population of 131 people to over 32,000 people on any given day.

CCA has made profits from, and at times contributed to, the expansion of tough-on-crime and anti-immigrant…

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The Money Behind Our Prison System

Prison Corporations In America

Prison Corporations In America

According to a recent article from smartasset written by Brian Kincade:

The American prison system is massive. So massive that its estimated turnover of $74 billion eclipses the GDP of 133 nations. What is perhaps most unsettling about this fun fact is that it is the American taxpayer who foots the bill, and is increasingly padding the pockets of publicly traded corporations like Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group. Combined both companies generated over $2.53 billion in revenue in 2012, and represent more than half of the private prison business. So what exactly makes the business of incarcerating Americans so lucrative?

Most of it has to do with the way the American legal system works, and how it has changed over the last 40 years. In the 1970’s, lawmakers were dealing with a nationwide rash of drug-use and crime. By declaring a nation-wide war on drugs in 1971, President Richard Nixon set a precedent for hard-line policies towards drug-related crime.  New York governor Nelson Rockefeller followed suit declaring “For drug pushing, life sentence, no parole, no probation.”  His policies once put into action promised 15 years to life in prison for drug users and dealers. His policies catalyzed the growth of a colossal corrections system that currently houses an estimated 2.2 million inmates.

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The average cost of incarcerating an American prisoner varies from state to state. Some states, like Indiana have managed to keep prices low at around $14,000 per inmate. While states like New York pay around $60,000 to keep its citizens behind bars. The costs of running the American prison system is expensive and has become increasingly so despite public opposition.

According to a 2012 Vera Institute of Justice study, the number of those incarcerated has increased by over 700% over the last four decades. The cost to the taxpayer? $39 billion.

Where is all of this money going? The Vera institute study contends that that many corrections-related costs, such as employee benefits and taxes, pension contributions, retiree health care contributions, legal judgments and claims are deemed central administrative costs. Moreover, many states fund inmate services—such as hospital care in 8 states, and education and training in 12 states—outside of their corrections departments.  It’s a nice accounting trick but this amounts to a $5.4 billion gap between the reported corrections budgets of the 40 states examined by the study—$33.5 billion—and the actual cost to taxpayer of $39 billion.

Continue to read The Economics of the American Prison System

Montana, remember this prison system and this prison mentality is right in “your” backyard.  This corporation is in bed with the political system.  Helping to create new laws to lock “you” up.  Donating and funding money for lobbying, and for special events, such as Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Inaugural Ball.   The prison system is growing fast and then add in the factor of a Board Of Pardons And Parole that on the majority will not release inmates that are doing very well.  Instead they release those that they think will end back up in the economic prison loop.  Montana has the highest incarceration rate than any other state surrounding.  It is time for reform.  It is time for taxpayers to stop  paying for a system that we cannot afford, just to line the pockets of corporations and politicians and state officials receiving kickbacks.

Sources: CCA, Vera Institute of Justice, The Nation, AFSC, CJR, University of Chicago Crime Lab, Barclays Capital, NPR, AFSC

Photo Credit: CCA, The New York Times, KQED

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Public Schoolteachers’ Pensions Are Partially Funded by Private Prisons

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The largest prison corporation of America has become enmeshed with our society.

Originally posted on Prison Reform Movement's Weblog:


Photo via Flickr user Rennett Stowe

By Ray Downs

Public schools and prisons are becoming increasingly linked—police officers are now a constant presence in many schools, which has led to students getting hassled and arrested by cops for what could be described as normal kid stuff, including performing science experiments on school grounds. There’s even a name for this phenomenon: the school-to-prison pipeline, which takes kids, mostly minority students who live in poverty, out of the classroom and into the legal system, shuffling them into the prison-industrial complex before they’re old enough to vote.

But there’s another, less obvious way schools are tied to prisons. Retirement funds for public school teachers (as well as other government employees) in several states have a combined $90 million invested in Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group, the largest private prison companies in the world. Though individual teachers didn’t decide to…

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Montana Governor’s Ball Receives Thousands From Largest Prison Corporation In America!

Montana Governor Steve Bullock Receives Thousands From This Prison Corporation

Montana Governor Steve Bullock Receives Thousands From This Prison Corporation

According to the Independent Record:

Gov. Steve Bullock’s Inaugural Ball Committee raised about $315,000 in donations and ticket sales, spent $263,000 on two gala events in February and will donate the $52,000 left over to Montana charities, according to a report released this week.

Melanie Brock, executive director of the ball committee, prepared the report.

She said the committee began work in mid-November, shortly after Bullock was elected governor, to plan for two events. The Inaugural Ball was held Feb. 9 at the Exhibit Hall at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, preceded by a reception for sponsors. The next day, the Governor’s Children’s Inaugural Ball took place in the same room.

Nearly 3,000 people attended the Saturday night ball. Tickets were $25 apiece.

A total of $315,400 was raised to pay for the balls, with $275,275 coming from sponsors and $40,125 from ticket sales.

Expenses totaled $262,932, the report said.

It was the first Montana governor’s inaugural ball since the 2005 event honoring Gov. Brian Schweitzer. No ball was held in 2009, after Schweitzer’s re-election, because of the national recession.

Major sponsors included corporations, including a number of energy-related and utility businesses, and individuals.

The largest contribution of $25,000 came from Phillips 66, Bartlesville, Okla., which has an oil refinery in Billings,

Donating $10,000 each were: Plum Creek Administrative Corp. Inc., Columbia Falls; NorthWestern Energy, Butte; CCA of Tennessee LLC, the Nashville company that owns a private prison in Shelby; PPL Montana LLC, Allentown, Pa.; Washington Corps., Missoula; MHA , formerly the Montana Hospital Association, Helena;

TransCanada, Calgary, Alberta, which is seeking to build the Keystone XL Pipeline; Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC., Gillette, Wyo., which owns the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker; Deloitte Consulting, Camp Hill, Pa.; Nix, Patterson & Roach LLC, a law firm from Daingerfield, Texas; and MDU Resources, Bismarck, N.D.

Making the largest individual donations were: Fred Kellogg and Amy Smith, Kalispell, $5,000; Thomas Boland, Florence, $2,500; Paul Gatzemeier and Barbara Skelton, Billings, $2,500; Shane and Gina Colton, Billings, $2,500; and Beth Alter Esq., New York, N.Y., $2,500.

At first I thought…”okay…kudos”… they are donating money that is leftover, until I realized that CCA donated $10,000 to Governor Bullock’s Inaugural Ball. Now, why would the largest prison corporation in American donate $10,000 to a ball? How much did they donate to his campaign, to a governor, former Attorney General that is pro-prison all the way? They always donated to Schweitzer also, and we saw the Montana incarceration rates skyrocket under that administration. Partying up on the suffering of Montanans. A corporation that demands 90+ occupancy and wants to buy out all the prisons in America with a 20 year contract based on that. Wonder why it’s becoming more of a police state? These corporations spend millions helping to write laws.montana_correctional_institutions

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Montana, this should infuriate you!  Oh wait, but the Executive Director of the Ball Committee, Melanie Brock had this to say.  “The fundraising took place completely independent from the governor, the governor’s office and official staff,” Brock said.   Yeah, right…we all know how lobbying works…it’s against CCA’s rules and Montana’s for that matter to donate over a certain amount of money towards campaigns.  Yet if you notice in the article it states from the former days of former Governor Schweitzer: “Of the nearly $97,000 left over, Schweitzer donated $50,000 to the state for repairs and maintenance of the governor’s mansion and the governor’s office. The remainder $47,000 went into Schweitzer’s constituency services fund, which paid for his political-related travel and other costs.”   Huh..everything that makes it nicer for the Governor and for his political career.  There are plenty more articles on here that show the connection between CCA and politicians, showing the incentives and profits that they make.

An officer from Shelby, Crossroads Correctional Institute in Montana let it be known how CCA gives the Warden a budget to go by, but if the Warden comes in under the budget they give him an incentive, a kickback.  Research, read through the articles, see what is happening in your state and the crimes being committed by our officials.   Americans are demanding the truth, Montana you should demand the truth.  These are your fellow Montanans that are suffering.

The definition of “Bribe”

1. Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person’s views or conduct.
2. Something serving to influence or persuade.

Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient’s conduct. It may be any money, good, right in action, property, preferment, privilege, emolument, object of value, advantage, or merely a promise or undertaking to induce or influence the action, vote, or influence of a person in an official or public capacity.[1]

In economics, the bribe has been described as rent. Bribery in bureaucracy has been viewed as a reason for the higher cost of production of goods and services.

Many types of bribes exist: tip, gift, sop, perk, skim, favor, discount, waived fee/ticket, free food, free ad, free trip, free tickets, sweetheart deal, kickback/payback, funding, inflated sale of an object or property, lucrative contract, donation, campaign contribution, fundraiser, sponsorship/backing, higher paying job, stock options, secret commission, or promotion (rise of position/rank).

Politicians receive campaign contributions and other payoffs from powerful corporations, organizations or individuals in return for making choices in the interests of those parties, or in anticipation of favorable policy. This is not illegal in the United States and forms a major part of campaign finance, though it is sometimes referred to as the money loop. Convictions for this form of bribery are more easy to obtain with hard evidence, that is a specific amount of money linked to a specific action by the bribed. Such evidence is frequently obtained using undercover agents, since evidence of a quid pro quo relation difficult to prove. See also influence peddling and political corruption. Bribery often makes an unfair advantage towards people wants.

Taken From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery

We are not even talking about election laws and funding political campaigns.  We are just talking about plain out, “you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.”  Don’t even try to persuade me that CCA is not getting something out of this deal.  Ten thousand dollars just for this event and that’s not talking about all the lobbying, gifts, incentives,etc.  You wonder why Montana is such a police state and only has plans of increasing the incarceration rates according to Montana DOJ and DOC.   Montana demand answers.

Why The Laws Are Getting Crazier...Prisons For Profit

Why The Laws Are Getting Crazier…Prisons For Profit

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Can You Hear Me Now? Prison Phones

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski

In an online question-and-answer exchange last month, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski called prison phone rates a “serious issue for families, communities, security” and said the FCC is “preparing next steps.” Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Bloomberg News

Prison Phones Prove Captive Market for Private Equity

By Todd Shields on October 04, 2012

U.S. prisoners pay as much as $17 for a 15-minute call with their families in a jailhouse phone market dominated by two private equity-backed companies, and that cost now is drawing scrutiny from regulators.

Global Tel*Link Corp., Securus Technologies Inc. and smaller competitors in the $1.2 billion inmate-phone industry bid for exclusive contracts to provide telephone service, agreeing to pay as much as two-thirds of calling charges to government or private prison operators. Those commissions can drive fees to levels that make it difficult for prisoners to maintain contact with spouses, children and parents.

“Hello, does anybody hear me out there?” David Wrobleski, serving a life sentence in a Michigan prison, wrote July 15 to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. “Over the years, I have lost most of my contact with my family and friends due to the increased cost of a telephone call from the prison setting. I come from a very poor family.”

In an online question-and-answer exchange last month, Genachowski, a Democrat, called prison phone rates a “serious issue for families, communities, security” and said the FCC is “preparing next steps.” He didn’t provide details.

A collection of civil rights, religious groups and members of Congress is pressing the FCC to act on a petition filed in 2003 by prisoners and family members to cut “exorbitant” rates. Representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the United Church of Christ, the National Urban League and other organizations met with Genachowski in September and asked for a clear date for action.

Singapore Cheaper

“It is cheaper to call Singapore at 12 cents a minute from a cell phone than it would be to speak to someone in prison in this country,” a group of 30 organizations and individuals said in a May 18 filing asking the FCC to cap interstate rates. The current system, they said, provides “every incentive to choose bids that maximize fees.”

Global Tel*Link, based in Mobile, Alabama, has about 50 percent of the correctional phone services market, followed by Securus with almost 30 percent, according to Standard & Poor’s.

Global Tel*Link directed questions to its owner, American Securities LLC, a Park Avenue private equity firm. Caroline Harris, a spokeswoman for American Securities, declined to comment. So did Michael Millican, a spokesman for New York-based Castle Harlan Inc., which owns Securus.

Commission Criticism

Prison phone charges vary by location. A 15-minute call through Global Tel*Link costs $2.36 in Massachusetts and more than $17 in Georgia, according to a study released Sept. 11 by the Prison Policy Initiative, an advocacy group in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In New York, where commissions aren’t allowed, Global Tel*Link charges about 5 cents a minute, according to the study.

The commissions phone companies pay to prison operators “are the product of a public policy decision made by correctional authorities, and in some cases state legislatures,” which may use their share of phone fees to fund prison operations and inmate welfare funds, Dallas-based Securus said in a filing with the FCC.

Prison calls cost more than residential telephone service for reasons that include security requirements and bad debts, according to Securus, which said in a filing that it has about 1,400 contracts in 46 states.

Extra Security

Prison calling services include security capabilities such as preventing call-forwarding and conference calls, and caller identification based on voice analysis, Global Tel*Link said in an Oct. 3 filing at the FCC. Chief Executive Officer Brian Oliver discussed inmate calling in a meeting with Commissioner Ajit Pai, a member of the agency’s Republican minority, according to the filing.

Prisoners make collect calls or set up prepaid accounts funded by relatives or by their earnings from prison jobs that pay cents per hour. Service providers may collect per-call fees in addition to time-based charges, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

Forty-two states got commissions from phone companies in 2008, averaging 42 percent of the charges and reaching as much as 66 percent, according to a July filing by groups asking the FCC to set a benchmark rate of 20 cents or 25 cents a minute.

Until recently, charges from Global Tel*Link ran about $100 a month for Tom and Dora Pickles, 79-year-old retirees in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Their son, Scott, is serving a life sentence in Connecticut after killing his wife and two children.

“We have counted that as an expense that was just there — we didn’t care what it was, were going to live with it, and pay it,” Dora Pickles said in a telephone interview.

Reducing Recidivism

After Connecticut rebid the contract and switched providers this year to Securus, charges dropped to less than $4 from about $13 for 15 minutes, the longest call allowed, Tom Pickles said.

“It certainly was a big break when it changed,” he said. “And by the way, that’s the quickest 15 minutes of the week.”

Connecticut reduced long-distance calling rates for most of its 16,000 inmates in 15 institutions, Brian Garnett, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Correction, said in an interview. “We are very cognizant of the strain that phone rates can place on family support of an inmate,” he said.

Keeping prisoners in contact with family reduces repeat incarcerations, Nancy La Vigne, director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, told Congress in a May 2010 hearing. Contact while in prison reinforces ties between fathers and children, giving prisoners a greater stake in good behavior, La Vigne said.

Private Equity

Global Tel*Link was bought in December by its management and American Securities, a private-equity firm with investments that include Oreck Corp., a vacuum-cleaner maker, and the Potbelly Sandwich Works restaurant chain. Terms weren’t disclosed for the acquisition from Veritas Capital and GS Direct LLC, theGoldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) investing unit.

Castle Harlan acquired Securus from HIG Capital LLC in May 2011 for $450 million, according to a video posted on Castle Harlan’s website. Securus was headed toward $80 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2012, up from $62 million at the time of the purchase, William Pruellage, co-president of Castle Harlan, said on the video.

Corrections Corp. of America, the largest private prison operator, said in a regulatory filing that an FCC decision to bar commissions would have a material adverse effect on its results. The company gets commission revenue “in some instances,” though not all, Steve Owen, a spokesman for the Nashville, Tennessee-based company, said in an interview.

Call Monitoring

Eight states, including New Mexico, have banned prison phone commissions and as a result the cost of calls in those states has dropped, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees phone services, said in a resolution adopted Sept. 25.

The National Sheriff’s Association told the FCC in a 2008 filing that capping rates for interstate calls would “seriously hamper the ability of sheriffs to effectively manage our nation’s jails.” Inmate charges help cover the cost of monitoring calls, Fred Wilson, a spokesman for the Alexandria, Virginia-based group, said in an interview.

If commissions are cut, localities could face a choice on whether to have taxpayers make up the difference, Wilson said. “Is that still going to get picked up, or is that program going to go away?” he said.

Money from commissions goes toward programs such as recreational and library supplies in Massachusetts, maintenance of county jails in Arkansas, and a victim compensation fund in Texas, Global Tel*Link said in its Oct. 3 filing.

‘National Priority’

Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat on the five-member FCC, supports limiting fees. “Connecting husbands to wives, parents to children, and grandparents to grandchildren should be a national priority,” she said in a statement.

Democratic Representatives Bobby Rush of Illinois and Henry Waxman of California urged the FCC Sept. 12 to act “as soon as possible” on the petition from 2003.

“It shouldn’t take the FCC one more decade to ensure that prison phone services are priced in line with their true costs and made more affordable,” Rush said in an e-mailed release.

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-04/prison-phones-prove-captive-market-for-private-equity#p1

The company that Montana uses for their prisons is http://www.telmate.com/.  The prison phone business is booming.  They even have a “Now Hiring” banner on their website.    If you want to see how a prison can become corrupt and how profits are made well here you go.

 http://montanacorruption.org/2012/09/11/a-video-explanation-of-how-a-prison-system-can-become-corrupt-a-must-see/

Telemate advertises that their calls are around $3.85 for a 30 minute call.  But we have been checking on that and they end up being around $5+ for a 30 minute call.  They say how they are cheaper than calling collect yet we have records of a phone bill that shows that the collect calls were cheaper to use.   I asked Telemate if they can send an itemized receipt like phone companies do, they said “No, you would have to get a subpoena.”  Inmates families have to get a subpoena when it is their money that is being spent?  Why?  Why don’t they want families to know where that money goes too?  The DOC financially breaks the families in every way that they can but they can’t provide something that shows where their money has gone too. 

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Montana Inmate Dies In Federal Custody

The following is an excerpt from an article

Written by
John S. Adams
Tribune Capital Bureau

At Flor’s sentencing last April, U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell recommended that he “be designated for incarceration at a federal medical center” where Flor’s “numerous physical and mental diseases and conditions can be evaluated and treated.”

Arndorfer said that never happened, and instead Flor was for months housed at the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Shelby until a week ago, when U.S. marshals began the process of transporting him to an unknown medical facility. Arndorfer said Flor was in Las Vegas as a layover, but he did not know where his client was being taken.

“It’s incredible to me to take a man with dementia, failing kidneys, severe diabetes and unable to care for himself and incarcerate him,” Arndorfer said Thursday. “He required nursing home care, and as far as I can tell he didn’t receive any care while he was incarcerated in Shelby. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Crossroads spokesman Steven Owen, citing privacy concerns, declined to comment on the specifics of Flor’s medical conditions or any treatment he received while at the prison.

“Our dedicated, professional corrections and medical staff at Crossroads are firmly committed to the health and safety of the inmates entrusted to our care; we meet or exceed the rigorous and comprehensive standards of our government partners, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Montana Department of Corrections, as well as those of the independent American Correctional Association,” Owen said in a written statement.

Last month, Arndorfer filed a motion requesting the court release Flor pending an appeal of his sentence due to health concerns. Arndorfer’s brief supporting the motion detailed how Flor suffered from severe osteoporosis and on multiple occasions while in custody, Flor had fallen out of bed breaking his ribs, his clavicle and his cervical bones as well as injuring vertebrae in his spine. Flor also suffered from dementia, diabetes and kidney failure among other ailments, Arndorfer said.

“He is in extreme pain and still is not being given round-the-clock care as is required for someone with his medical and mental conditions,” Arndorfer wrote in his brief to the court. “It is anticipated he will not long survive general population incarceration.”

In his Aug. 7 order denying the motion, Lovell wrote that it was unfortunate the Flor had not yet been transferred to an appropriate medical facility but that the concerns detailed in the motion were “not factually or legally significant.”

Kristin Flor said her father had complained to her regularly that his kidneys and back were hurting him and that he wasn’t receiving proper medical treatment while incarcerated in Shelby.

“They didn’t give him any of the medical attention he needed, and they never took him once to a medical doctor,” Kristin Flor said. “When he broke his clavicle and shoulder blade it took him two days to get doctors to look at it.”

Arndorfer said he’s “more than interested” in the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons for the alleged mistreatment of Flor.

“He had been complaining to his family and to me about kidney pain. They knew that his VA doctors were considering putting him on dialysis prior to him being placed in Shelby and they did nothing. They ran a blood test and said he was fine,” Arndorfer said. “I don’t believe he was given any medical care at all at Shelby.”

To Read Article: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20120830/NEWS01/308300001/Miles-City-medical-marijuana-provider-dies-federal-custody?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

Montana Department of Corrections and including Crossroads Correctional, owned by CCA, has a bad reputation and history of not giving appropriate medical care to inmates.  This happens all the time and for this statement…

“Our dedicated, professional corrections and medical staff at Crossroads are firmly committed to the health and safety of the inmates entrusted to our care; we meet or exceed the rigorous and comprehensive standards of our government partners, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Montana Department of Corrections, as well as those of the independent American Correctional Association,” Owen said in a written statement.

Let’s get real, you cannot have all of these court documents, news paper articles, families, friends show you differently and yet they have the very nerve to say this….these prisons are NOT giving that kind of care that they are stating.   Why don’t they just come out and tell us the truth.  Do they think we are that dumb to not realize it at this point?    We are hearing complaints from families where the medical staff is yanking inmates off cold turkey off medications.  Some of these doctors do not believe in the medical care or the diagnoses that the VA has given.  Even judges have questioned the VA’s judgement.  What?  Is the VA no longer considered credible? Is this how Montana believes? Inmates have been rushed to outside hospitals because of the negligent care given in the prisons.   Limbs have been cut off, men that have almost died.

Related Articles: 

  1. http://montanacorruption.org/montana-state-prison-concentration-camp/
  2. http://montanacorruption.org/testimonies-of-the-incarcerated/ronney-harriman/
  3. http://montanacorruption.org/testimonies-of-the-incarcerated/colton-wilson/

This is what was stated by a released inmate and by the US DOJ about GEO which is another private prison corporation just like CCA. 

DC returning citizen LT said, “Man I wish I could say that its random about what those GEO staffers did down in Mississippi, but it ain’t. That kind of stuff goes on in prison – especially in a private prison. They’re regulated alright, but we all know there’s ways around things. When I was a hoodlum and used ways around things, I went to jail. When people on the other side of the law does it, it’s look at as a harmless mistake.”  (Does this sound familiar Montana?)

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report in March that criticized GEO’s running of Walnut Grove, an hour east of Jackson, Mississippi. Federal Judge Carlton Reeves spoke poorly of the agency and it’s management style buy saying it “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate.” In April, GEO pulled out of its contact at Walnut Grove, and by July will not be doing any business in Mississippi. Sims wasn’t the only staffer who had sex with young inmates, beat them and gave favors to those with the same gang affiliations. Young ladies who were being housed at Walnut Grove as young as 13 said they were kept in a state of fear.

Among the conditions described in the report released last month:

  • 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.

All of this goes on while George C. Zoley, the CEO of GEO earned a salary of $1,145,000, got a bonus of $1,334,498 and with other compensations like stock options, the total for him is$5,734,949. On Friday, Zoley said GEO would be canceling its contract at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility because the facility had been “financially underperforming.”

DC resident Carlie Stewart said. “Prisons should not be run as a for-profit business.”

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Glenn Fields recently sent out a letter to those in Washington,DC urging them to boycott doing business with Wells Fargo Bank.

Southeast DC resident and returning citizen Wilma Shaw said, “Businesses like Wells Fargo will ruin America. Companies like Wells Fargo are looking to find people to put into these prisons.”

To Read Articlehttp://www.examiner.com/article/an-open-letter-to-boycott-dc

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The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry, Montana It Is Here

THEY WANT YOU

by Suevon Lee
ProPublica, June 20, 2012, 3:41 p.m.

The growth of the private detention industry has long been a subject of scrutiny. A recent eight-part series in the New Orleans Times-Picayune chronicled how more than half of Louisiana’s 40,000 inmates are housed in prisons run by sheriffs or private companies as part of a broader financial incentive scheme. The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners.

As a Huffington Post investigation pointed out last month, nearly half of all immigrant detainees are now held in privately run detention facilities. Just this week, the New York Times delved into lax oversight at industrial-sized but privately run halfway houses in New Jersey.

We’ve taken a look at some of the numbers associated with the billion-dollar and wide-ranging for-profit detention industry—and the two companies that dominate the market:

General Statistics:

1.6 million: Total number of state and federal prisoners in the United States as of December 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics

128,195: Number of state and federal prisoners housed in private facilities as of December 2010

37: percent by which number of prisoners in private facilities increased between 2002 and 2009

217,690: Total federal inmate population as of May 2012, according to the Bureau of Prisons

27,970: Number of federal inmates in privately managed facilities within the Bureau of Prisons

33,330: Estimated size of detained immigrant population as of 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Corrections Corporation of America

66: number of facilities owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest private prison company based on number of facilities

91,000: number of beds available in CCA facilities across 20 states and the District of Columbia

$1.7 billiontotal revenue recorded by CCA in 2011

$17.4 million: lobbying expenditures in the last 10 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics

$1.9 million: total political contributions from years 2003 to 2012, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics

$3.7 millionexecutive compensation for CEO Damon T. Hininger in 2011

132: recorded number of inmate-on-inmate assaults at CCA-run Idaho Correctional Center between Sept. 2007 and Sept. 2008

42: recorded number of inmate-on-inmate assaults at the state-run Idaho State Correctional Institution in the same time frame (both prisons at the time held about 1,500 inmates)

The Geo Group, Inc., the U.S.’s second largest private detention company

$1.6 billion: total revenue in year 2011, according to its annual report

65: number of domestic correctional facilities owned and operated by Geo Group, Inc.

65,716: number of beds available in Geo Group, Inc.’s domestic correctional facilities

$2.5 million: lobbying expenditures in the last 8 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics

$2.9 million: total political contributions from years 2003 to 2012, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics

$5.7 millionexecutive compensation for CEO George C. Zoley in 2011

$6.5 milliondamages awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit against the company last June for the beating death of an inmate by his cellmate at a GEO Group-run Oklahoma prison. An appeal has been filed and is pending.

$1.1 million: fine levied against the company in November 2011 by the New Mexico Department of Corrections for inadequate staffing at one of its prisons

To Read: http://www.propublica.org/article/by-the-numbers-the-u.s.s-growing-for-profit-detention-industry/single#republish

Private prison companies look to Canada as industry faces lawsuits in US

US states are beginning to rely less on privately run prisons, but Canada may be a land of opportunity for the two biggest firms

  • Do you see how much they contribute to the political arena?  Do you see how much they lobby?  There has already been several articles on this website about this money they use to buy out our politicians and how they help to write the laws.  Montana do you see the deaths and all the other problems they have at these facilities?  We have this corporation that is here now.  They have donated to our current Governor and other politicians.  How can we trust anything?  What has been bought in this state with this money they are handing out? 

 

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The Department of Justice Has Released New Mandatory, Nationwide Standards Designed To Prevent Sexual Abuses Within Prisons

Ending prison abuses

The nation needs to take prison crimes, and the need for strong rehabilitative efforts, more seriously. The new standards are at least a step toward that.

Inmates walk for exercise at the Utah State Prison Timpanogos Facility in Draper.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

1 in 10 inmates sexually assaulted behind bars

For many years, public policymakers have been emphasizing punishment in the correctional system, rather than rehabilitation. So-called three-strikes laws and mandatory minimum sentences in many states aim to put even relatively minor offenders away for life rather than finding ways to encourage and help them overcome the issues that make them a threat to others; issues that often have much to do with mental illness or a life tainted from the beginning by abusive behavior.

A new survey by the Justice Department‘s Bureau of Justice Statistics paints a vivid and disturbing picture of how halfway houses, jails and prisons in the United States are rife with abuses. No doubt abuses long have been a part of prison life, but the public attitude toward prisons as human warehouses may well have encouraged a culture within those prisons that ignores these abuses. In any case, the overwhelming majority of people in prison or jail eventually will be released. If people can’t find it in themselves to be concerned about prison abuses for humanitarian reasons, they ought to be concerned about how such inmates will act when suddenly released back into society.

The Department of Justice also has released new mandatory, nationwide standards designed to prevent sexual abuses within prisons and other detention facilities. These require tough policies against rape, allow inmates a longer period of time in which to report such abuses and improve services available for victims. Each facility will be audited once every three years to ensure compliance.

The Obama administration has dragged its feet on these new standards. Two years have passed since the deadline Congress imposed for announcing them. And while they are a step in the right direction, the standards could have been tougher. Three years seems a long time between audits, and there should be definite penalties applied to facilities that don’t demonstrate progress. Of course, budget limitations, as always, are a factor in any standards involving corrections. During recent difficult economic times, states have been looking for ways to ease the burdens of their prison budgets.

That is due mainly to the large numbers of people incarcerated in the United States. The government reported 2,266,800 people behind bars in state and federal prisons in 2010, with a grand total of 7,225,800 adults involved in some part of the criminal justice system. No other developed nation on earth has such a high rate of incarceration. While cause-and-effect correlations are difficult to prove, there may well be a connection between this rate and declining rates of crime in this nation. This does not mean, however, that abuses should be tolerated.

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  • Well, it is a good thing that they are taking a closer look at Montana.  A lot has happened in the last three years in the Montana Department of Corrections as far as officers sexually assaulting inmates. 
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DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FAILS TO LIST CAUSE OF DEATH IN 28 CASES

by Bob Ortega
The Republic | azcentral.com

Florence state prison
Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic  correctional officer speaks to an inmate at a state prison in Florence.

Arizona‘s prison system has two death rows.

One is made up of the 126 inmates officially sentenced to death — 123 men at the Eyman state prison in Florence and three women at Perryville. Seven convicted killers from that group have been executed over the last two years.

slideshow Arizona prison inmate deaths

The other death row, the unofficial one, reaches into every prison in Arizona’s sprawling correctional system. No judge or jury condemned anyone in this group to death. They die as victims of prison violence, neglect and mistreatment.

Over the past two years, this death row has claimed the lives of at least 37 inmates, more than five times the number executed from the official death row. Among them are mentally ill prisoners locked in solitary confinement who committed suicide, inmates who overdosed on drugs smuggled into prison, those with untreated medical conditions and inmates murdered by other inmates.

Unlike state executions, these deaths rarely draw much notice. Each receives a terse announcement by the Department of Corrections and then is largely forgotten.

But correctional officers and other staff who work with inmates say many of these deaths are needless and preventable.

Arizona will spend $1.1 billion this year to lock up its 40,000 prisoners.

But there is another cost, one measured not in dollars but in human lives.

Over four days, an Arizona Republic investigation will reveal a prison system that houses inmates under brutal conditions that can foster self-harm, allows deadly drugs to flow in from the outside, leaves inmates to die from treatable medical conditions and fails to protect inmates from prison predators.

Today, The Republic focuses on suicides in the prison system, where there have been at least 19 in the past two years. Arizona’s official prison-suicide rate during that period was 60 percent higher than the national average. But suicides in prison are likely underreported, according to critics.

More than half of the suicides involved inmates in solitary confinement, including some with serious mental illnesses.

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The Arizona Department of Corrections listed no cause of death for 28 inmates who died during the past two years, stating only that the deaths were under investigation. No further information has been released.

In response to public-information requests submitted by The Arizona Republic seeking information about 36 inmate deaths, Corrections provided records for 10 cases. Those records often lack details such as how much time passed before medical responders were summoned and when they arrived to aid a prisoner.

Interviews with families, inmates and prison staff and records from county medical examiners and other sources yielded information about all but eight of the 36 inmate deaths. But Corrections officials have not released any information on those eight deaths, which include four that have been “under investigation” for more than 18 months.

In Arizona, correctional-death investigations are handled internally rather than by a police agency, as occurs in some states. The shift supervisor writes a draft report, which must be approved by administrators in the central office before it’s published. The department’s Office of the Inspector General assigns an investigator.

“The cleanup starts the moment the incident is reported: eliminating flag words, eliminating individuals who may be relevant to the situation, cut back the witness list,” says Carl ToersBijns, a retired deputy warden who served at Eyman state prison. He emphasized that he doesn’t believe reports are falsified but are written selectively.

“By the time it’s finalized, the incident report is so clean and sterile you won’t know what happened because it’s already been filtered. The direction is given … was it deliberate, accidental, suicide, homicide? They try to fix and create a summary for that report that they can defend,” he says. “There’s a couple of reports where the investigator had doubts and it was overwritten. A lot of drug overdoses are suicides; a lot of ‘natural deaths’ are people who have been suffering medical conditions but finally just expired. It’s not reflected on those reports and never will be reflected in the news reports. Only the ones who were there know what happened.”

Corrections officials say their reports are accurate.  

(Sounds like Montana Department Of Corrections)

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/06/02/20120602arizona-prison-deaths-no-cause.html#ixzz1wzxHeg71

Nearly every day, an inmate in an Arizona prison attempts suicide. In the past two years, 19 succeeded.

Among those who died:

Otto Munster hanged himself with his shoelaces while in solitary confinement.  

Tony Lester slashed his throat, arms and groin with a razor blade he wasn’t supposed to have because he was categorized as mentally ill. He bled to death.

Rosario Rodriguez-Bojorquez killed himself while in solitary after being denied a request to be moved to protect him from other inmates.

Duron Cunningham killed himself six days after Rodriguez-Bojorquez, while in solitary in the same unit, also after being denied a move into protective segregation. He had been raped and assaulted, according to prison reports.

Karot Phothong hanged himself with a bedsheet while in solitary confinement, or “maximum security,” the term used by the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Corrections data and internal reports obtained by The Arizona Republic show 470 attempts by inmates to harm themselves or commit suicide in the 11 months through the end of May. Self-harm includes inmates slashing their arms, swallowing razor blades, repeatedly banging their heads against the wall and similar incidents.

The result: Arizona’s official prison-suicide rate was 60 percent higher than the national average for the past two years, according to federal Bureau of Justice statistics.

A majority of the suicides — 11 — involved inmates locked in maximum security, where they are kept alone in windowless units with the lights on 24 hours a day and are allowed to leave their cells only a few times a week to shower or exercise by themselves.

While more than half of the suicides in Arizona prisons were by inmates in maximum-security solitary confinement, “max” inmates make up less than 9 percent of the total prison population of about 40,000.

Corrections officials defend the use of maximum security, saying it’s necessary to protect inmates and maintain order.

But academic and human-rights critics believe the suicide figures reveal a problematic use of solitary confinement. They attribute Arizona’s high suicide rate to three overlapping practices: the use of solitary confinement to house mentally ill prisoners, inmates who are unruly rather than violent and inmates who may be targeted by other prisoners.

“High rates of suicide in solitary units is a widespread problem; that’s why many states no longer house mentally ill inmates in solitary,” said Craig Haney, a psychologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz who studies the effects of incarceration. “The severity of the conditions in those units … most mentally healthy people who go in are adversely affected. People can become so despairing, so desperate that they take their own lives.”

Solitary as discipline

Arizona puts more prisoners in solitary for longer stretches than most states and the federal government. While many Arizona inmates are in maximum security because they are violent and present a threat to staff and other prisoners, 35 percent of the inmates currently in max were imprisoned for non-violent crimes, according to the state’s own data. Corrections officials routinely assign non-violent prisoners to maximum security for disruptive behavior or for violating minor rules.

Carl ToersBijns, a retired deputy warden who served at Eyman state prison, among other places, said that maximum-custody units are filled with people put there because of repetitive misconduct. He said they should be placed in treatment programs instead.

“If a deputy warden finds you to be problematic, they can manufacture a packet to place you in max custody for 12 months. It’s a year’s review, and central office rarely goes against a warden’s recommendations,” he said.

That’s how many mentally ill inmates wind up in maximum security — because they can’t control their behavior, says Stuart Grassian, a psychiatrist and former Harvard Medical School professor who has spent decades studying the effects of solitary confinement.

In Arizona, inmates sent to solitary for breaking rules have to show they can behave before they are allowed to get out. But this approach “is based on a false premise,” says Grassian. “It’s based on the notion that inmates in solitary can rationally calculate risks and benefits, that if you give them enough negative consequences they’ll change their behavior in a positive direction. But the people who end up in solitary are precisely the least likely to be able to respond rationally.”

Solitary “is a shortsighted, expedient approach to prisoner management,” he said. “It’s expensive; it’s risky; and I don’t believe there’s a sufficient correctional justification for its use.”

Many longtime correctional officials defend maximum custody and solitary as necessary to control dangerous or troublesome inmates. Ben Shaw, director of mental-health programs for Arizona’s Department of Corrections, says that being in maximum custody doesn’t in and of itself cause any decline in mental functioning.

Grassian disagrees. “Many people who didn’t have a mental illness become psychotically ill as a result of being incarcerated in solitary confinement,” says Grassian. And those who are already mentally ill become worse, he notes.

Haney said that inmates in solitary confinement can become more violent and less able to control themselves — and more of a danger to the public when they’re released.

An inmate’s mental condition is usually established by the time he or she enters prison. Otto Munster, for example, was arrested for armed robbery in March 2011, and underwent three psychiatric evaluations before being deemed competent to enter a plea. At his sentencing, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cari Harrison recommended that Corrections provide Munster with substance-abuse and mental-health treatment. Corrections officials declined to say whether Munster received treatment. He killed himself five months into a five-year prison sentence.

Many states, from California to Mississippi, no longer place mentally ill inmates in solitary because of what the clinical data shows about its impact and often because they stopped the practice to settle lawsuits.

In a suit filed in federal court March 6, a coalition of human-rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, accuses Arizona’s Department of Corrections of “gratuitous cruelty” in its use of solitary confinement. The suit seeks to restrict the use of solitary, particularly for minors and the mentally ill.

Effects of solitary

Those who have been held in isolation say it’s hard for those who haven’t to understand its impact.

Sarah Shourd, who spent 14 months in isolation in Iran’s notorious Evin prison after being seized at the Iraqi Kurdish border with two other American hikers in 2009, said in recent interviews that in her small cell she suffered from insomnia and panic attacks and would lose control, screaming and beating the walls, unaware of what she was doing. Two years later, she still struggles with the psychological aftermath, finding crowds or loud noises unbearable. She has become an adamant foe of the use of solitary confinement, which she calls degrading and inhumane.

“When I got out I was shocked to find that the U.S. had more people in solitary confinement than any other country,” she told writer James Ridgeway. “And in this country it is used routinely as an administrative practice, not as a very last resort, which is how it should be used.”

Two-thirds of Arizona prisoners in solitary are held at Eyman state prison, in Florence. Former inmate Ruben Bermudez has done two stints in solitary there — the first when he was 16. He recalls vividly his time in a windowless cell with nothing except a box of letters from his family.

“There was s–t splattered all over my cell and it never got cleaned up,” he said. “You don’t ever see the outside. You don’t see anything, night after night and day after day. … I was hiding under my bed, crying, flipped out, having nightmares. You just stare at things. I would pace back and forth, back and forth. … I was having panic attacks. You have nothing. You get one book a month. You go nuts just staring at the walls.”

In many cases, disciplinary charges will land an inmate in solitary. Most often, such charges are for refusing an order to share a cell with a particular inmate, says prisoner-rights advocate Margaret Plews, who has spent years tracking Arizona inmate deaths. She said inmates who fear for their lives in the general inmate population will often deliberately rack up disciplinary charges.

That fear can stem from gang affiliations, or the lack of an affiliation and the protection it can provide. When an inmate asks for “protective segregation,” the standard procedure is to put that person in a solitary detention unit while the request is considered.

That’s where Munster was when he killed himself. It’s also where inmates Rodriguez-Bojorquez and Cunningham were when they committed suicide within days of each other in September 2010 at the Florence state prison.

According to another inmate, Rodriguez-Bojorquez had recently been denied protective segregation when he killed himself. Cunningham was seeking protective segregation after being assaulted and raped, according to his mother.

Corrections officials didn’t respond by deadline to queries about the case.

Inmates who attempt to harm themselves, or even talk about it, are placed in isolation in watch cells where they are supposed to be checked on at least every 30 minutes, in some cases every 10 minutes, or even kept under continuous observation.

Carl ToersBijns, the retired deputy warden, said that many officers “go above and beyond in dealing with very challenging conditions, and save lives; but you also have officers who go off and spend time in the office when they’re supposed to be on suicide watch.”

Some inmates need to be protected from themselves; some need to be protected from others. Jesse Cabonias, 49, hanged himself last July in a porter’s closet at the Lewis state prison. Due to a miscount by officers, no one noticed him missing for seven hours. Other inmates told a Corrections investigator that Cabonias had been repeatedly raped by a cellmate. The autopsy showed methamphetamine in his system at the time he died. He had previously requested and been denied protective segregation.

Forrest Day, 19, was serving a 3.5-year sentence for child abuse, after her infant son drowned when she left him in a tub unattended when she was 16.

She used her shoelaces to hang herself at Perryville state prison on Jan. 27. Her father, James Day, reported to the Maricopa County medical examiner that shortly before she died, Forrest Day told him officers were forcing her to have sex with them. The medical examiner’s spokesman, Mike Molzhon, said the examiner took genital swabs and turned them over to a Corrections Department investigator for testing but the department did not test the swabs.

(Sounds like Montana Department Of Corrections)

Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux said, “Nothing in the investigation or autopsy showed that a sexual assault occurred.”

He declined to say whether investigators contacted James Day or interviewed other inmates or officers about the allegations. James Day couldn’t be reached for comment.

More units planned

Arizona has long been more aggressive than most states in its use of solitary confinement.

In 1987, Arizona built the first prison designed from scratch for permanent lockdown, one that would become the prototype for “supermax” solitary-confinement prisons around the country: the SMU 1 (“special management unit”) at Eyman state prison. It has no windows, no recreation yard, no common rooms. The perforated steel fronts and doors of the cells allow prisoners to be handcuffed while locked in their cells; each small “pod” of cells is monitored centrally, with fewer correctional officers than older prisons. Inmates exercise alone in a windowless concrete pen.

Haver, Nunn and Colamer, the Phoenix architectural firm that designed the prison, trumpeted it in the industry magazine Corrections Today as a living example “of how tomorrow’s maximum-security prisons will be designed.” The firm won contracts to build California’s similar Pelican Bay prison and many others. A supermax building boom followed. By 1999, similar prisons sprang up in 30 states; by 2005, in 40 states. Arizona soon expanded SMU 1 and built a second SMU, now called the Browning Unit, at Eyman.

Corrections Director Charles Ryan plans more isolation units: Next year’s state budget includes $20 million to begin constructing another 500-bed maximum-security unit, at Lewis state prison. It’s expected to cost $50 million to complete.

Despite the ACLU lawsuit in March, and an April report by Amnesty International charging that Arizona’s use of solitary violates international human-rights treaties, Corrections officials have rejected any calls to change how they classify and assign inmates.

Last fall, the Department of Corrections said it gave six hours of training in how to recognize and prevent suicides to 8,806 staff members. The training advised staff to take all suicide threats seriously and not to “dare the inmate to try it.” Staff were also given guidance on what to do in instances of hanging or cutting, the most common methods inmates use to harm themselves.

The training followed a lawsuit filed by the family of inmate Tony Lester, a mentally ill inmate housed in a two-man cell at the Tucson state prison who bled to death in July 2010 while correctional officers stood outside his cell for more than 23 minutes. Orlando Pope, one of those officers, said he’d never been trained in how to apply pressure to a wound.

The Lester family is seeking $3 million.

On May 17, the U.S. Department of Justice announced new national standards that call for restricting the use of solitary- and maximum-custody units for inmates who ask for protective custody. Ryan said his department will respond to those standards within the required 14 months.

Ryan also says “boots on the ground” help prevent suicides and said Corrections will add 103 correctional-officer positions next fiscal year, on top of 306 positions restored this year and last after deep cuts in the mid-2000s. He sees evidence of success in the decline in successful suicides so far this fiscal year — to six, from 13 last year.

The actual number of suicides both years is almost certainly higher. The state’s figures don’t include 10 deaths that the department lists as still under investigation, or eight other deaths in which inmates died at their own hands but that Corrections has deemed “accidental.”

Meanwhile, the number of self-harm and suicide attempts continues to rise, from 449 last fiscal year to 470 in the first 11 months of this fiscal year.

Reach the reporter at bob.ortega@arizonarepublic.com.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/06/02/20120602arizona-prison-suicide-rate.html#ixzz1wzyDIJD4

  • Montana, I can tell you that Montana Department of Corrections does not let the media or the public know about all of the attempted suicides.  There was one that recently had happened at Montana State Prison, a Native American.  This website is the only link that reported on it.  Not one other article have I seen about this.
  • Personally, Montana Native Americans have told me that “the white man will not listen to them.”  That is sad. How much money does MDOC make off of these Native Americans that are in prison that receive their monetary benefits?  I know that they only allow the inmate a percentage while they take the rest. Is this legal?
  • It has been on the news that there is a problem with prison and jail suicides here in Montana and that is only with what they report.  What is the real number of attempted suicides?  I have been told that DOC does not have to contact any family if an inmate is talking suicide, once they try the act or commit it, then they call. That is way too late! 
  • With the hopelessness that is within these prison walls it is hard to imagine that inmates would not try to commit suicide.  When there are greedy people or people without a conscience making money off of them there is no hope.  There is no hope because they stand no chance of getting out.  These people need the inmates to stay in prison so they can continue to make their money.
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