Thursday, April 22, 2010

CCA and Cornell Get What They Pay For

The private prison industry is known for not always having the most qualified corrections officers, because they don't run as extensive background checks as the government, they pay considerably less (because they hire non-union), and they don't provide as many hours of training.  This of course results in all sorts of abuse and foul play taking place among the guards.  The title link goes to an article about a Cornell employee who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old under his watch (yes, they run juvenile detention centers too), and here's a link to an article about a CCA employee who tried to smuggle cocaine into the prison for an inmate:

And it was apparently a good deal of cocaine, because he received $1,600 and a half ounce of the stuff as payment (great too, by the way, for a corrections officer to get half an ounce of cocaine.  I'm sure he's supremely qualified to have authority over prisoners)

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