Thursday, October 28, 2010

Moving Along

A pretty alarming story today out of Florida, where Youth Services Interational (YSI), a private prison company that operates juvenile facilities, is being sued by a 15-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted by a staff member multiple times.  YSI used to be a subsidiary of Correctional Services Corporation, which was founded by a loathsome welfare hotel owner that moved into the private detention business (James Slattery, who now runs YSI).  After riots broke out at an immigration detention center run by CSC (then known as "Esmor"), the company moved to Florida, changed its name, and was back in the business of abusing its wards.  Despite all this, the state of Florida does not have plans to investigate any other facilities run by YSI.

I've seen stories before of guards with criminal records or histories of physical, mental, or sexual abuse moving from private prison to private prison, where background checks and training are in short supply.  But I must say this story kind of took me by surprise; I had no idea entire abusive companies moved around the industry like this.  There most certainly ought to be an investigation into the other facilities run by this abhorrent company.

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