Friday, May 14, 2010
Prison Legal News, a publication that provides news and legal information to prisoners, just won a decision in the Florida Courts that will force the GEO group to disclose its records on incidents of violence and lawsuits the company has settled. The decision came after a 5-year court battle in which the GEO group consistently fought against clearly-established Florida law that holds private prisons must comply with public records laws. Basically, they stalled for 5 years with petty legal challenges, trying to wear down PLN, which doesn't have nearly the same types of resources a huge company like GEO has. This is a huge victory not only for PLN, but for anyone who feels that government agencies should be held accountable for their actions. Congratulations, PLN!